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Fikayo Tomori has been embroiled in difficult talks with AC Milan as the Italian club look to see if they can stop him from Chelsea.

Tomori rose through the academy ranks at Chelsea before becoming a first-team player after some time on loan. However, his chances started to dwindle and he decided to go on loan again in January. This time he joined a club much bigger than the others where Chelsea had sent him before.

Milan took the opportunity to strengthen their defense with England to a cap. Tomori has found much more continuity in Italy, starting 11 Serie A games so far.

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Chelsea might have some regrets if Tomori leaves them for good in the summer. Milan retain an option to buy the center-back.

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However, this agreement is not certain. According to Sky Sport ItaliaTomori met with Milanese directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara on Wednesday.

Milan are trying to find out if the 23-year-old wants to stay with them permanently. They also study the costs necessary to achieve this.

Buy option stands at € 28m, but Milan may want to sign it without spending so much. According to Fabrizio Romano, however, Chelsea do not want to negotiate lower fees.

Therefore, all parties involved will have to wait until the end of the season to reach a conclusion.

This position is supported by Tuttosport, who questioned how impressed Milan were with Tomori. His form has plummeted in the last two games, so they want to weigh his performances in their remaining games this season.

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Overall, however, his impression has been good, which is why they are considering a permanent deal.

Tomori remains under contract at Chelsea until 2024, so the Blues still have the power in the negotiations.

Chelsea in ‘advanced’ talks for Ramos

Tomori’s departure wouldn’t be felt too hard by Chelsea if they were able to bring in a high-quality defender themselves.

One high profile name they have been linked to is Sergio Ramos, who will apparently play for a new club next season after his contract with Real Madrid expires.

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According to Don Balon, Chelsea have now strongly emerged in the race to sign him.

The Blues saw the benefits of adding experience to their bottom line with the acquisition of Thiago Silva this summer. They are looking for a longer-term successor to the Brazilian, but the opportunity to team up with Ramos in the meantime is inviting.

Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer him a whopping € 25million per season salary. It would surely end Madrid’s hopes of hanging on to him.

However, these claims have not been substantiated by other sources, so it remains to be seen how advanced the negotiations actually are.

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