Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lampard could take a U-turn after Marina request for Chelsea defender

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has been a target for a host of European clubs. Tomori was linked with many English clubs last summer too. But the Englishman chose not to leave the Blues. However, he may have to leave Chelsea in this window.

Marina Granovskaia has already asked Frank to cut short his team and sell some deadweights. Only then can Chelsea take a comfortable approach towards their targets in the summer window. With the likes of Erling Haaland and Declan Rice at the top of the list, Chelsea needs to raise their funds.

However, Fikayo Tomori is unlikely to be sold, instead, he might go out on loan. Frank Lampard believes the youngster is destined to have a great future at Stamford Bridge. Hence, he is against the idea of selling the young defender. But he will have to leave him out on loan so the youngster gets game time.

Chelsea already has a long list of defensive options. With senior players like Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, and Rudiger playing up the order. Tomori has no guarantees in getting enough time on the pitch. He has made just one Premier League appearance so far. Hence, Lampard is thinking about sending him on loan to muster up more experience.

Interest from Italy for Tomori

Chelsea are reluctant to sell Fikayo Tomori despite interest from several European clubs.
Chelsea are reluctant to sell Fikayo Tomori despite interest from several European clubs. Source: The Telegraph.

Fikayo Tomori had the interest of West Ham United

in a loan deal a few months back. But the youngster declined their offer and decided to stay with Chelsea. Frank Lampard did appreciate the youngster for staying back in November. But it seems likely the Chelsea manager will soon have to find a loan destination for the youngster to ensure more game-time for him.

According to Sport Mediaset, an Italian outlet, AC Milan are interested to loan Tomori. The Rossoneri are on the hunt for a center-back and had their eyes set on Mohammed Simakan from League 1. But Simakan is out with an injury he picked up on Sunday. Hence Milan’s current focus is on Fikayo Tomori.

Reports claim that AC Milan are offering a loan fee of £890,000 for Tomori. However, Marina Granovskaia is unsatisfied with the fee and is reportedly asking for £2.6m. The Rossoneri find the sum huge and are hoping to bring it down with negotiations. But Granovskaia is tough in money matters and the deal is still under consideration. There are just 2 weeks left before the January window closes.

If Chelsea reaches an agreement with Milan before the final day, we may see Tomori leave for Italy until the end of the season. This will ensure the youngster has more game-time and also an opportunity to gain experience outside of England. Frank Lampard will also be happy with it as this will help Tomori develop into a world-class defender in the future.

Granovskaia warns Lampard

Granovskaia warns Lampard
Frank Lampard has to sell some deadweights to buy new recruits, warns Marina. Source: Getty Images.

Marina Granovskaia understands that Frank Lampard still has a couple more targets left on his list. After spending nearly £230m last summer, Chelsea cannot expect to spend more before selling some stars. According to various sources Chelsea are keen to sign Erling Haaland and Declan Rice in the summer. Neither of the stars will come for an affordable price and Chelsea will need to raise funds.

Hence, Marina has warned Lampard that if he doesn’t trim down his squad, new signings may not happen. Tomori already has interest from several clubs, including Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United. But it seems unlikely for Chelsea to cash in on their young talent. However, several other stars are likely to get shipped away in the upcoming transfer window.

Either of Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso is likely to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. The arrival of Ben Chilwell has cut down their minutes drastically and hence it’s unlikely for Chelsea to keep both of them at West London. One of two left-back’s are likely to get a ticket to leave Chelsea. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also on the shipment list, according to various reports.

There are several other names on the list if all of the sales take place accordingly. Chelsea will have enough funds to lure in new recruits to reinforce their lineup. The Blues have had a slight bump in their last three PL fixtures. But Frank Lampard and co were able to win last night against Fulham to keep their top-four dreams alive.



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