Maldini opens up and c onfirms he is looking to hold talks with Chelsea over defender

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AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini wants to hold talks with Chelsea over Fikayo Tomori’s permanent option clause.

Tomori is one of the highest rated young defenders that we have in the squad, but under Frank Lampard this season he was not given a chance to prove himself in that starting eleven on a weekly basis.

That meant that he pushed for a loan move away in the January window, in order to get some game time, and Italian giants AC Milan were the side that showed the most interest in getting a transfer deal done.

Maldini says he is pleased with Tomori’s performances since joining on loan in January and has now come out and admitted that the club are open to the idea of signing the defender on a more permanent basis, although his asking price of £26 million is a bit high

“Tomori is a good talent and we have an buy-option clause,” he told Sky in Italy ahead of their clash at Roma on Sunday.

“The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss about it with Chelsea’s board.”

Tomori started at centre-back against Roma – his fourth in Serie A so far and fifth appearance over all since making the switch, so it is easy to see that he is getting the game time he has been seeking.

It would not be a surprise to see a transfer deal happen in the summer, especially if Tomori feels that staying in Italy is the best option for himself and his career in the game.

Thomas Tuchel will have something to say as he may feel that Tomori would be great to have in the squad, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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Author: Jamie