Milan Looking to Close the Deal for Chelsea Defender

Milan want to complete the acquisition of Fikayo Tomori early in the week, but they are still negotiating with Chelsea about the option to buy, Gazzetta dello Sport and transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio report.

The 23-year-old defender would join on an initial loan, but the Italian club is trying to reduce the €30M fee asked by the Blues to eventually acquire him in the summer. However, the Rossoneri would prefer to finalize the deal soon and therefore they could push through anyway even though the sum did not fully satisfy them. Coach Frank Lampard hinted today that the center-back will leave to play more.

Tomori has become Milan’s top target to strengthen the back-line after they decided to not move forward with the purchase of Mohamad Simakan from Strasbourg as he suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for a couple of months.

Tomori might not be the only defender joining in January as Milan inquired with Barcelona about Junior Firpo, reports. However, the Blaugrana are not keen on the letting him go on loan and his price tag is around €20M, so the option has not gained much steam.

Milan could be looking elsewhere to fill a void as they currently do not have a back-up behind Theo Hernandez. Diogo Dalot has played there when needed, however Andrea Conti is about to transfer to Parma, so the Portuguese player will become the alternative to the starter Davide Calabria on the right flank.