Fikayo Tomori could be responsible for a potential Chelsea cash injection ahead of the summer transfer window.
As a result, Tomori was allowed to depart Chelsea for AC Milan in the January transfer window – albeit on loan in order to get regular first-team minutes under his belt during the second half of the season.
Significantly, the centre-back’s decision to join the Rossoneri was vindicated very early on as he quickly established himself as a regular in Stefano Pioli’s side.
Tomori featured in Milan’s Europa League round of 16 tie against Manchester United, catching the eye of many Chelsea fans with his individual battle with Mason Greenwood.
But arguably his most impressive performance in a Milan shirt to date came on Sunday night against Juventus.
Tomori was on the scoresheet as Milan cruised to a 3-0 win over Juve at the Allianz Stadium to boost their top-four hopes and heap the pressure on former player Andrea Pirlo.
Although, it wasn’t the defender’s goal that caught the eye.
Instead, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano stated that Tomori ‘destroyed’ Cristiano Ronaldo en route to scoring his first Serie A goal.
Fikayo Tomori has just scored his first Serie A goal after a fantastic match ‘destroying’ Cristiano Ronaldo. AC Milan are intentioned to sign him on a permanent deal from Chelsea [buy option €28.5m], final decision will be made at the end of the season. 🔴 #ACMilan #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 9, 2021
And it could be the first of many as the tweet above states that Tomori could join AC Milan permanently at the end of the season.
The Italian club have already stated their intentions to make the loan deal permanent with the option to buy set at €28.5m (£24.5m)
“My will and the technical area are clear on the satisfaction that this player has given us,” Pioli said last month. “Without detracting from our excellent defenders, he has very important characteristics of speed and contrast.
“Our will is to keep him, but it is clear that there are other factors at play.”
A decision is set to be made regarding Tomori’s future at the end of the season, but his potential permanent exit from Stamford Bridge would be good news for Chelsea and director Marina Granovskaia.
Amid links to the likes of Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku and Niklas Sule, a cool £24.5m windfall just might help get one of those deals over the line.