Lampard explains his thinking behind letting young Chelsea defender leave for Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has seemingly confirmed that Fikayo Tomori is set to leave on loan amid strong links with a move to AC Milan.

Milan have been chasing a new central defender for months now, having failed to get a deal for Mohamed Simakan over the line both in the summer and over the past couple of weeks, with the Frenchman now injured.

Calciomercato.com reported earlier today that Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara want Tomori to be the third player to sign for Milan this month after Soualiho Meite from Torino and striker Mario Mandzukic.

Milan expect to close the deal with Chelsea in the next 48-72 hours as talks with the Premier League club have moved forward. Maldini and Massara want to make the Englishman available to Stefano Pioli as soon as possible.

Lampard was asked during today’s pre-match press conference about the situation surrounding Tomori and what his thoughts are regarding a potential loan spell for the 23-year-old.

“Fikayo is a developing player, we had four centre-backs last year, you can’t play four in a game but you try to find consistency of selection. This year we have five so that’s why he might go on loan,” he said (via Nizaar Kinsella).

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