Chelsea to cash in on Fikayo Tomori
Chelsea are reportedly bracing themselves for bids from AC Milan for centre-back Fikayo Tomori in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old failed to break into the team under Frank Lampard during the early stages of the 2020-21 season, but he has had no such problems becoming a consistent starter at Serie A high-flyers AC Milan.
Tomori has appeared from the first whistle eight times in Serie A and four times in the Europa League for the Rossoneri, who have made no secret of their desire to keep him on the books permanently following his successful loan spell.
According to The Sun, Chelsea are now prepared for bids from AC Milan this summer, as the cash-strapped San Siro giants are unlikely to consider triggering his option-to-buy clause.
The report adds that Tomori would be sold for a figure of £25m if Milan were able to cough up the fee, but the Rossoneri are keen to strike a deal for a lower figure, although a permanent stay will depend on whether Milan qualify for the Champions League.
Tomori has made 14 appearances in total for Stefano Pioli’s side this season, and his contract at Chelsea is due to expire at the end of the 2023-24 season.
Chelsea top Aguero Pursuit
Chelsea are leading the way to sign Sergio Aguero when his Manchester City contract expires, according to a report.
City announced last month that their all-time leading goalscorer will depart the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
Aguero has been linked with a number of big-name clubs, including a handful of Premier League sides.
Despite his strong association with the Citizens, the 32-year-old is believed to be willing to stay in English football.
Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United are among those to have been credited with an interest in Aguero.
Argentinian outlet TyC Sports claims that Chelsea are the current frontrunners to sign the City legend, with Thomas Tuchel eager to bring in a new striker this summer.
Aguero, who has scored 181 Premier League goals, is not expected to make a decision on his future until next month at the earliest.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus could also step forward with lucrative offers for the ex-Atletico Madrid ace.
Thiago Silva and Kante Injury
Chelsea are blessed with a fully-fit squad for the second leg this week, and the well-rested Thiago Silva could earn an immediate recall to the rearguard after serving a domestic suspension against Crystal Palace.
With Manchester City to come in the FA Cup, Tuchel is sure to rotate his resources once again, as a reshuffle in attack could see Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and perhaps even Olivier Giroud earn starts for the second leg.
N’Golo Kante has shaken off a hamstring injury and is also in contention to feature from the first whistle this week, while Edouard Mendy will hope to match Fabien Barthez’s record of winning eight consecutive Champions League matches – the current highest tally for an English club’s shot-stopper.