Milan sign defender Tomori from Chelsea on permanent transfer

The 23-year-old centre back joined Milan in January and made 22 appearances during his loan spell, helping it qualify for the Champions League with a second-place finish in Serie A.

Tomori's impressive performances at the start of the 2019-20 campaign earned him a call-up to the England squad, where he won his only senior cap to date against Kosovo in November 2019.   -  REUTERS

AC Milan has signed Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori on a permanent transfer after the defender spent the second half of the 2020-21 season with the Italian side on loan, the Serie A club said in a statement on Thursday.

Milan exercised the option to make the loan deal permanent and said Tomori will remain with the club until June 2025.

Financial details of the transfer were not provided but British media reported that Milan activated a 25 million pounds ($34.89 million) release clause to sign the defender.

The 23-year-old centre back joined Milan in January and made 22 appearances during his loan spell, helping it qualify for the Champions League with a second-place finish in Serie A.

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A Chelsea academy graduate, Tomori played 27 times for the west London club in all competitions. His only Premier League appearance in 2020-21 came under Chelsea's previous manager Frank Lampard before Thomas Tuchel took charge.

Tomori's impressive performances at the start of the 2019-20 campaign earned him a call-up to the England squad, where he won his only senior cap to date against Kosovo in November 2019.

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