AC Milan have decided to make the signing of Fikayo Tomori permanent this summer and will trigger the £25million clause in his loan deal from Chelsea in the coming days.
The England international joined the Serie A giants in January and quickly established himself as a key figure in the Rossoneri side.
Tomori made 22 appearances for Milan and played a key role in helping Stefano Pioli’s side secure a second-place finish in the Italian top flight and Champions League football for next season.
Clinching elite-level European football was understood to be a big factor in whether Milan would trigger the option in the loan deal that took Tomori to San Siro in January.
football.london has today been told that a deal for Tomori, who joined Chelsea at the age of just seven, is expected to be completed in the coming days. Reports in Italy claim the defender will sign a five-year contract with Milan.
The 23-year-old has made a big impression in Italian football since leaving the Blues, receiving praise from legendary defenders Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi.
“It is very nice to hear these things, especially from a legend like [Paolo] Maldini,” Tomori said in March ahead of Milan’s Europa League clash against Manchester United.
“This gives me a lot of confidence. I want to continue doing what I am doing, playing for the team and for my teammates. We’ll see what happens in the future. Hearing these words from a great defender is undoubtedly beautiful.
“I still need to adapt to certain things, I was worried about the language barrier, but there are players who speak English and I am trying to learn Italian, even if it’s difficult.
“I am happy and I want to give the best for this team. I want to raise the level, Italy is different from England, the weather and food are better.”
“I often talk with my former teammates at Chelsea, who are also great friends. They feel well and are satisfied.
“I haven’t spoken to [Thomas] Tuchel yet, but he must remain focused on Chelsea as I have to think about Milan.”