Chelsea ‘ready to let Fikayo Tomori leave to West Ham on loan’ as bait in move for Declan Ricejuillet 7, 2020
Having already snapped up Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to bolster his attack next season, boss Frank Lampard has now turned his attention to improving the defence with Declan Rice his favoured target.
With West Ham asking for upwards of £70million for Rice, Tomori may even be sent to the London Stadium temporarily as a makeweight in any deal for the Blues’ former youth team player, who was released at 14 before joining the Hammers.
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori could be set to leave the club on a loan deal next season
The Blues want to recruit West Ham youngster Declan Rice to boost their leaky defence
After playing 14 games under Frank Lampard in the first half of the season, Tomori has made just three appearances in 2020.
His last start saw him substituted after a disappointing display in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, while a hamstring injury has also curtailed his progress.
Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger have all been preferred to the England international in recent weeks.
Frank Lampard is not willing to let Tomori leave permanently but could sanction a loan
With the club still fighting for a Champions League place and in the latter stages of the FA Cup, Tomori faces a battle to feature in the maximum seven remaining games of the club’s season.
While his immediate first team prospects are slim, the club are refusing to consider a permanent departure and are more receptive to the prospect of a loan to gain more first-team experience.
Tomori was on the brink of joining Everton on loan last summer before being retained when the club sold David Luiz to Arsenal instead.
A strong start to the season saw Tomori handed an England debut against Kosovo in November
On Tomori, Lampard has previously said: ‘I have four centre-backs to choose from, so most weeks, two of them are unhappy. And then people question you when you stick with a back two or back three. There is competition in that area.
‘With Fiks, he always has to train at the top level. That goes for all of the young players. When you are out of the team, however much it hurts, you need to show a good attitude and train very well.
‘At the moment, he is showing those things and he has a long career ahead of him at this club, without a doubt. It’s been more about selection issues.’