The one-time England international finds himself in a good position through his positive performances since arriving at San Siro on loan
AC Milan are keen to tie up a permanent deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori, but they won’t be able to negotiate the £26 million ($36.5m) option to buy for their loan star.
Although formal talks have yet to begin, the Italian giants are known to be delighted with the 23-year-old’s start to life in Serie A. After making just four appearances under former manager Frank Lampard until January, Tomori has gone onto make 11 appearances for the Rossoneri.
Having seen how well he is doing, the Blues are reluctant to offer any discounts to a club with ambitions of returning to the top table of European football.
What does it mean for Chelsea’s other defenders?
The Blues are set for a turbulent summer in defence, with both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen holding off on contract talks until after the season is finished.
Both players have become regular starters under Thomas Tuchel, but they have just 15 months left to run on their current contracts in west London.
Furthermore, Chelsea are likely to activate the option to extend Thiago Silva’s contract for another year. It is understood that both parties are currently happy with how the move has gone so far.
Cesar Azpilicueta also finds himself out of contract in 15 months, with the Blues cautious about offering long-term deals for their over-30 players. However, after having problems around the end of Frank Lampard and John Terry’s careers, Chelsea now are increasingly willing to offer two-year deals for over-30 players who demonstrate their physical abilities.
There’s also concern that Swansea City loanee Marc Guehi, who has excelled in the Championship, could leave with his contract similarly expiring in June 2022.