Milan sign Tomori on permanent deal

AC Milan have taken up their option to sign defender Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea on a permanent deal, the club announced on Thursday on a four-year contract.

Tomori joined the Rossoneri on an initial loan with the option to sign in January and he made his debut in a fiery Coppa Italia clash with derby rivals Internazionale, which saw Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic red carded.

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Having made just one Premier League appearance for Chelsea in the first half of the campaign, Tomori established himself as a mainstay in the Milan backline as he played 17 times in Serie A, with Stefano Pioli’s side returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

Tomori also played in both legs of the Europa League round-of-32 clash with Red Star Belgrade and the round-of-16 defeat to Manchester United.

The highlight for the 23-year-old was his standout performance in Milan’s stunning 3-0 victory away to Juventus, where he scored a towering header for the game’s third goal — and his first for the club.