Fikayo Tomori was given another big chance to show his capabilities on Sunday night against Roma, and he passed the test with flying colours.
As Calciomercato.com writes, a defeat in the capital would have officially opened a state of crisis, but the victory instead keeps Milan four points away from Inter but extends the lead over Lazio and Juventus, plus Roma themselves too.
The exclusion of Alessio Romagnoli was perhaps not hugely surprising given his recent performances, but the decision to bench the club captain no doubt took some courage from head coach Stefano Pioli.
From Milanello it filters that from the first day Tomori showed clear ideas and a strong personality. He is described a sponge, because he learns everything in no time, and he could have seized a starting spot for the foreseeable feature.
Chelsea strongly believe in the potential of Tomori, which is why the option to buy is set as high as €28m, but Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara will work alongside the London club in the coming weeks with the clear aim of snatching a discount compared to the sum agreed in the negotiations. It will not be an easy mission because Marina Granovskaia is a skilled strategist.
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