AC Milan have every intention of buying Fikayo Tomori permanently, a report claims, but must solve the logjam that would follow.
According to Calciomercato.com, Tomori will get his third start for Milan tonight when the Rossoneri face Red Star in Belgrade in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 clash. He will play alongside Alessio Romagnoli which allows Simon Kjaer to rest, and the Dane should retake his place on Sunday against Inter, in a derby which is fundamental for the club’s Scudetto ambitions.
Tomori arrived in January on loan from Chelsea and has overtaken Pierre Kalulu already in Pioli’s hierarchy as he has become the third choice, with the aim of becoming the first in the coming months.
The report adds that Milan have every intention of using their option to buy which is set at over €25m, and it is not easy to negotiate with Marina Granovskaia to get that figure lower, but Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara have clear ideas. They chose the Englishman because they strongly believe in his qualities and they are convinced he can become a starter.
In January it was not possible to buy him permanently due to the lack of budget available, but in the summer it should be different and an attempt will be made. For his part, Tomori is not thinking about his future for the moment as he just wants to do well in Italy and get a call-up from Gareth Southgate for the European Championships.
A return to Chelsea is not in his thoughts therefore and he is happy at Milan, a club he sees as a concrete option for his future destination.
Moving forward, it remains to be seen what that means for Kjaer and Romagnoli, leader and captain respectively. The latter of course a contractual situation that could work out in any way.