CHELSEA defender Fikayo Tomori is reportedly nearing a loan move to join AC Milan.
The Mail claim the clubs have discussed a temporary deal with the option to make the defender's switch permanent for £27million.
Yet the report adds that Chelsea have only agreed to an initial loan so far before taking stock in the summer.
The Italians had been chasing Mohamed Simakan but Milan's director of football Frederic Massara has tracked Tomori since his time at Roma.
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England star Tomori is well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, having made just four appearances this season.
The 15-cap England U21 international's latest outing was a 10-minute cameo in the FA Cup win over Morecambe.
A string of Premier League clubs, including Leeds and Newcastle, are reportedly interested in snapping Tomori up this month.
He snubbed a move to West Ham on summer transfer deadline day to fight for a spot at Chelsea.
But despite speculation surrounding his future, boss Frank Lampard has claimed the centre-back has a future in west London.
He said: “The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment.
“There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.
“I gave him some minutes at the end but while we were looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually. So that’s why he didn’t start.
“But his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much recently, has been fantastic in training and in how he is.”
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