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AC Milan reach agreement over permanent Fikayo Tomori deal

Tom Gott
Fikayo Tomori is joining AC Milan
Fikayo Tomori is joining AC Milan / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images
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AC Milan have finally reached an agreement with Chelsea over a deal to sign centre-back Fikayo Tomori on a permanent basis.

The 23-year-old joined Milan on loan in January and became an instant hit, commanding a spot in the first team almost immediately and helping fire I Rossoneri to Champions League football next season.

Milan's intention to buy Tomori permanently has been known for months, but despite the presence of a bargain £25m clause allowing them do to so, the Italian side have been talking with Chelsea to try and negotiate a discount.

Understandably, Chelsea have been reluctant to humour the idea, with the Blues well aware that they're already getting robbed at that price.

Journalist Antonio Vitiello was the first to confirm an agreement had finally been reached, and Fabrizio Romano later confirmed that Chelsea are set to receive the full £25m when the deal is completed.

Fikayo Tomori
Tomori is a popular figure at Milan / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Even though Milan failed to snag themselves a discount, they will still be coming out of this happier than Chelsea, who seemingly underestimated Tomori when allowing him to leave the club in January.

Tomori managed 22 appearances in all competitions for Milan, regularly replacing club captain Alessio Romagnoli in the starting lineup and even bagging his first goal for the club in a 3-0 thumping of Juventus with a header that saw him break Cristiano Ronaldo's record for highest jump in league history.

While Chelsea would have preferred more for Tomori, they now have an extra £25m to reinvest in the transfer market. 90min understands Inter's Romelu Lukaku is the Blues' top target, with West Ham's Declan Rice and Wolves' Adama Traore also reported to be on the wish list.

Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea hope to reinvest the money in Lukaku / Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Signing a new striker is necessary as Chelsea are expected to lose both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud this summer. Milan have registered an interest in both but turned their noses up at Abraham's £40m asking price, and Goal state they have opted to offer impending free agent Giroud a contract instead.

Milan now see Giroud as a 'priority target', but the Frenchman is expected to field other offers from across the globe before making a final decision.


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