Chelsea are set to earn £23million on Friday after AC Milan agreed to pay the asking price for defender Fikayo Tomori, according to reports in Italy. The two clubs have been locked in negotiations for weeks but Blues director Marina Granovskaia held firm to the club’s valuation and her stance is reportedly about to be vindicated.
Tomori impressed AC Milan after joining the Italian club on loan in January and has widely been expected to make the move permanent this summer.
The 23-year-old centre-back made 22 appearances over the second half of the 2020/21 campaign for Stefano Pioli’s side.
Having barely been used during the first half of the season under Frank Lampard, the move made sense for both clubs.
That remains the case even though Lampard has since been replaced by Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Both clubs and Tomori himself have been keen to do business, but confirmation of the transfer had been delayed with AC Milan trying to haggle over the transfer fee.
Chelsea inserted a purchase clause of £24m (€28m) in his loan agreement with the Italian giants, who after trying their luck, have now agreed to pay it in full.
According to Calciomercato.com, having paid an initial £860,000 (€1m) in January to take Tomori on loan they will now fork out the remaining £23.23m (€27m) to complete the deal.
The Italian outlet says the long-awaited transfer will be announced on Friday and will be a feather in the cap of Granovskaia.
The Chelsea director is notorious for driving a hard bargain and appears she will be on the right side of another negotiation.
The Blues don’t have much need for Tomori, with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on the books as central defensive options.
Instead they can reinvest his transfer fee in the summer window to bolster other positions.
Chelsea are in the market for a world-class striker after holding midfielder Jorginho finished the 2020/21 season as their top scorer in the Premier League with seven penalties.
Timo Werner struggled in front of goal, while the likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech appear to be more suited to other roles.
Tuchel’s side have been linked with moves for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
All of those options will command huge transfer fees, with the Blues hoping to raise funds for a blockbuster transfer by selling fringe players.