Director of Football says that option to sign Chelsea loanee is ‘very high’ in blow to permanent deal hopes

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Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has shared some comments from AC Milan’s Director of Football, Frederic Massara, on Fikayo Tomori that were made before tonight’s Serie A clash against Udinese.

Massara admitted that the club are ‘very happy’ with the Chelsea loanee’s start in Milan, but stated that the ‘price’ of the centre-back’s buy option, which stands at €28m, is ‘very high’ for the Rossoneri.

Tomori has proven himself as a fine third option for Stefano Pioli’s side at the heart of the defence, with the 23-year-old impressing in his seven appearances to date.

Massara’s comments are very similar to those of Milan legend and technical director Paolo Maldini, with it clear that the Serie A contenders will only make a decision at the end of the season.

It’s amazing to see Tomori enjoy a quick start to life in Italy, especially considering his dire lack of action for the Blues since the turn of 2020, he went from a breakthrough England international to out-of-favour.

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Here is what Massara has had to say on the matter:

It’s essentially exactly the same, literally word-for-word, to what Maldini commented on Sunday:

Milan echoing similar statements on Tomori in the space of just a few days makes it clear that the club, who sit second in Serie A behind local rivals Inter, are looking to nab a discount from Chelsea.

Whilst €28m is certainly a steep ask for a player in Tomori who is battling back from a spell as an outcast from the Chelsea team, the Blues may well have the market to stick to their demands.

Tomori’s performances in the Italian top-flight so far will either convince Thomas Tuchel that the rapid defender is ready for a bigger role next season, or it’s bound to attract interest from other Premier League clubs and Europe.

Should English clubs look at the centre-back, it’s fair to assume that they’d be less financially restricted than Milan may be – depending on how their season ends – it’s not like Chelsea are losing the only realistic suitor for Tomori if a summer sale is their intention.

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