Milan on the verge of signing 23-year-old Chelsea defender

The London giants centre-back Fikayo Tomori could be on the verge of sealing a permanent move to San Siro, with Milan ready to activate his €28m buyout clause.

England international was loaned out to the Rossoneri in winter in search of regular playing time. Fikayo has since made a valuable impact at Milan, which has convinced the Serie A outfit to activate his €28m buyout clause. The deal, in fact, could be finalised by next week, as Milan continue their preparations for the new campaign.

The Rossoneri have already secured the services of ex-Chelsea target Mike Maignan, and their acquisition of Fikayo would be hardly surprising, as the defender has become a first-team regular under Stefano Pioli. During his six months at the club, Tomori has made 17 league games.

His partnership with Simon Kjaer has been critical in helping Milan secure UCL football. Barring the free agents, the Englishman will technically become the second footballer to depart Chelsea in the summer, following Victor Moses, whose Chelsea exit was made permanent earlier this month.

The London giants, however, are unlikely to be deterred by the potential departure of Tomori, even though they do need immediate reinforcements in the defensive unit, in view of the ageing Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The monstrous defensive performances by Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in the UCL final with Man City already suggest Blues are in good hands defensively. But, in addition, Chelsea have been linked with multiple new targets, including Wolfsburg’s centre-back Maxence Lacroix.