Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori ‘close to joining Everton on a season-long deal’ with regular minutes unlikely under Frank Lampard after arrival of free agent Thiago Silva from PSG
- Fikayo Tomori impressed early on during Frank Lampard’s first season in charge
- But the 22-year-old did not play once post-lockdown and has fallen out of favour
- Carlo Ancelotti is interested in bringing the centre half to Everton this summer
- Rennes and Newcastle were also interested but Tomori is set to join the Toffees
Chelsea centre back Fikayo Tomori is reportedly on the verge of joining Everton as Carlo Ancelotti continues to add to his first-team squad this summer.
After signing Napoli midfielder Allan at the weekend for £22million, the Toffees brought in Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez on Monday.
Now it looks as though Ancelotti will add to his ranks defensively, with Chelsea keen for 22-year-old Tomori to gain some regular first-team football in the Premier League, and talks are at an advanced stage according to ESPN.
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori looks set to join Everton on a season-long loan deal this week
The 22-year-old featured regularly under Frank Lampard early on last season but lost his place
Tomori also played under Lampard at Derby but he now looks set to join ranks at Everton
The report details that Tomori also attracted interest from Rennes and Newcastle but a move to Goodison Park is the most likely scenario currently.
Tomori first worked under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard at Derby County in the 2018-19 season and was a key player as the Rams reached the Championship play-off final.
Lampard played the young centre half early on last season and he scored memorable first goal for the club from 30-yards in a 5-2 win against Wolves at Molineux.
After being called up to the England squad in October, he made his senior debut for the national side against Kosovo last November.
But following the signing of a new five-year deal a month later, Tomori fell out of favour and after the three-month delay of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 22-year-old did not play a single minute as Lampard’s side finished in the top-four.
After a call-up in October, Tomori made his England debut against Kosovo in November 2019
He ended up with 22 appearances in all competitions for the Blues last season.
With ex-PSG captain Thiago Silva joining on a free transfer, competition for places are now high at Stamford Bridge and so Tomori looks likely to leave on loan next season.
Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are other senior centre backs currently in the Chelsea squad.
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