Serie A giants held negotiations with €20m-rated Chelsea defender

AC Milan have made contact with Fikayo Tomori over a possible loan move after the English manager admitted the London giants defender is likely to leave the club during the winter transfer window. Fikayo thrived under Frank’s tutelage while the pair were together at Derby and the defender continued his progress upon his return to Blues last campaign.

Tomori played 22 games in all tournaments and made his senior Three Lions debut in November 2019, but did not feature at all over the course of Project Restart and has been on the periphery this term.

Frank Lampard currently has five centre-backs to choose from and with summer signing Thiago Silva an automatic starter, the English coach has found it hard to give chances to the 23-year-old who has four appearances this term.

The English centre-back was given just 10 minutes as a late substitute in Sunday’s FA Cup third-round victory over Morecambe, after which his manager admitted a loan move would be of benefit.

He said: ‘The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment. There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.’

‘I gave him some minutes in the end but while we were looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually. So that’s why he didn’t start. But his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much recently, has been fantastic in training and in how he is.’