AC Milan outline intention to sign Fikayo Tomori in the summer, questions of financial capacity
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Tomori wanted permanently
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has re-iterated his interest in signing Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori on a permanent deal in the summer following the English centre-back’s impact in Milan since joining.
Tomori netted his side’s third goal, and his first in the Serie A, in Milan’s 3-0 win over last season’s champions Juventus, and the defender has featured in fourteen of the seventeen Serie A games that Milan have played since he moved to Italy in January.
His calming presence at the centre of defence alongside either Simon Kjaer or club captain Alessio Romagnoli has been a vital part of Milan’s push into the Champions League places at Juventus’ expense.
It has not gone unnoticed either. Whilst Tomori joined il Rossoneri on loan initially, Milan and Chelsea inserted into the deal an option to buy, believed to be around £30m total. Speaking after the game, Pioli said that:
“We want to buy Tomori on a permanent deal from Chelsea, our intention is clear and also Fikayo’s decision [staying at Milan]. We’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli: “We want to buy Tomori on a permanent deal from Chelsea, our intention is clear and also Fikayo’s decision [staying at Milan]. We’ll see what happens at the end of the season”. 🔴 #CFC #ACMilan
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 9, 2021
A statement of intent
Landing Fikayo Tomori on a permanent deal would be quite the coup for AC Milan. Having spent frivolously in previous summers, it would be a reflection of the change of direction which their transfer policy has undertaken.
This has begun to change the fortunes of the once-great club, this season alone seeing them due to return to the top 4 of Italian football for the first time since the 2012-13 season, whilst they were knocked out narrowly in the Europa League round of 16 to Manchester United.
Although they have no trophies to show for their improvement as of yet, a strong crop of young players including Franck Kessie, Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez means that they will be a force for years to come.
Tonali or Tomori?
Tomori is not the only young prospect on loan at AC Milan this season. Sandro Tonali, on loan from Brescia, is also one to watch in the future.
The 21-year-old deep lying midfielder has made 25 Serie A appearances to date, and made his Italy debut way back in 2019. Milan also have an option to buy the former Brescia captain, for a fee rumoured to be in the region of €15 million this summer.
COMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 18: Sandro Tonali of Italy looks on during a training session at Appiano Gentile on November 18, 2018 in Como, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
But can the club afford both Tonali and Tomori? A quick look at their financial situation suggests that the answer hinges on Champions League football.
Milan recorded losses of €195 million for the fiscal year of 2019-20, and the failure of the European Super League will not have helped their financial position.
Without the financial benefit that a season in the Champions League would bring to the club, they may find it difficult to fund moves for both Tomori and Tonali, who would cost a combined €52 million. If they can find a way, however, both would improve the side significantly and leave them in good stead moving forwards.
Were Milan to make Fikayo Tomori’s loan move permanent, it would be fascinating to see if the youngster could continue his brilliant form and force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.