GdS: Chelsea defender due in Italy ahead of €26m Milan move – why he pushed for an exit

By Oliver Fisher -

After what feels like another saga with Chelsea that dragged on for longer than it should have, Friday is finally set to be Tomori Day.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), the centre-back will land in Italy in the next few hours, will immediately undergo the usual medical examinations and then sign his new contract at Casa Milan.

The target of Stefano Pioli and the rest of the staff is to have the 23-year-old on the bench tomorrow evening against Atalanta. The definitive go-ahead arrived yesterday after dinner time, and the defender will join on a paid loan of €1m with a €25m option to buy.

Pioli therefore finally has his reinforcement in defence after the recruit in midfield in Meité and in attack via the arrival of Mandzukic. Tomori was already in the sights of Milan in the summer, but for Chelsea he was not transferable back then.

The paper adds that now things have changed, and the coach Frank Lampard – despite holding the player in high regard – practically never played him this season and as such Tomori asked to leave.

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