AC Milan have made the final decision to pay Fikayo Tomori’s purchase clause and sign him permanently from Chelsea this summer.

That’s according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, who say the Italians will ‘proceed to exercise’ the €28m clause they negotiated with the Blues when he joined on loan.

Tomori has been on loan with Milan since January, when he left Chelsea in search of regular playing time that wasn’t on offer under then-manager Frank Lampard.

He’s been a regular for them since and largely impressed, with a series of solid performances earning him widespread praise in Italy.

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It’s been hinted for several months that they want to activate their option to buy him, but there were some doubts about whether he was worth the €28m it would take.

Those doubts have now seemingly been resolved, with Gazzetta stating that they have ‘decided to buy’ Tomori and are ‘aware of the economic effort’ it will take.

Despite that, they will ‘proceed to exercise the purchase clause’ they negotiated with Chelsea in January.

This is all partly backed up by journalist Niccolò Ceccarini, who, according to Tutto Juve, has this to say on the matter.

“Milan are also planning other situations. The contacts with Chelsea for the redemption of Tomori are intensifying.

“The Rossoneri would like to reduce the €28 million price tag a little, and work is continuing to evaluate the possible methods of payment.” 

That would suggest that things are certainly advancing, and Milan want to make the deal happen, although they want to make an effort to bring the price down.

Similarly, at least according to Ceccarini’s information, they are going to also try their hardest to avoid paying the €28m in full.

All of which hints this rumour isn’t quite as close to being over as it would seem, and Milan are going to drag it and negotiations with Chelsea out for as long as they can.