Towards the end of the January transfer window, Milan managed to secure Fikayo Tomori on a six-month loan from Chelsea. Despite little time at the club, the centre-back has already impressed many.
The 23-year-old has made three league appearances, two from start, and he has looked very decent when given the chance. Some, in fact, want him to start in the prestigious Milan derby tomorrow although it remains unlikely.
The Rossoneri will have the option to sign Tomori permanently at the end of the season, with a €30m buy-out clause included in the deal. Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara tried to lower the fee, but eventually gave in to secure the player.
Beyond this season, however, they could struggle to keep him if they don’t exercise the clause as Chelsea know the player’s potential. During his press conference yesterday, as cited by Sky Sports, manager Thomas Tuchel spoke about the matter.
“To be very honest, I did not spend too many minutes thinking about Tomori – not because I don’t like him and don’t see his potential, but there was simply no time.
“It’s tradition in Chelsea that many players are on loan and get minutes somewhere else when they cannot make regular minutes here. This is good because it’s always the target to have players who can make it in different circumstances, who can show their qualities in different cultures and clubs.
“We will have this talk in the next weeks and months about all the guys who are on loan. But of course, I have a general impression of Tomori, which is that he has high, high potential, but I’m not into details right now. The time will come for that,” he stated.