Fikayo Tomori has been a regular for AC Milan since he joined them on loan from Chelsea in January.

The Rossoneri retain an option to make the 23-year-old’s stay permanent for €28m at the end of this season.

Over the weekend, Gazzetta dello Sport suggested it seems ‘more and more a necessary step’ for the Italian club to sign the defender.

Calciomercato provide a fresh development on this case after explaining Milan director of football Frederic Massara has followed the Blues owned player for ‘several years’.

It’s claimed Stefano Pioli’s have ‘decided to redeem’ Tomori. The ‘potential’ shown by the England international in the past two months is of a ‘high level’ and ‘justifies’ making an investment buying him.

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According to the report, Milan chiefs Frederic Massara and Paolo Maldini will ‘try to ask for a discount’ on the €28m fee agreed when taking the player on a loan deal in the winter market.

In the event they don’t get a discount, the San Siro side will ‘go to London’ with the ‘necessary liquidity’ to ‘finalise’ the operation. This will only be possible if Tomori gives his approval to joining Milan on a permanent deal.

Having failed to strengthen the heart of the back four last summer, Milan have the finances needed to sign a new centre-back in the next market and the budget could further improve if they qualify for the Champions League.