Speaking recently on the Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano revealed that Chelsea defender and former Everton target, Fikayo Tomori, will be made available in the January transfer window.
Since making his Chelsea debut as an 18-year-old back in 2016, Tomori has gone on to feature 26 times for the club’s first team, chipping in with two goals and providing one assist along the way.
However, so far this season, first-team opportunities for the £18 million-rated 22-year-old have been limited under Frank Lampard, with the centre-back making just one Premier League appearance – which only came as a result of Andreas Christensen’s red card in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool.
Although, speaking on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, Romano revealed that Chelsea may have softened their stance on loaning out the defender in the upcoming January transfer window, potentially opening the door for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to return for the 22-year-old.
He said (26:16): “Pay attention not only to [Antonio] Rudiger but also to Fikayo Tomori because he’s receiving some calls from clubs [who are] understanding his situation. There are no official bids yet, but there [are] some calls from clubs.
“So, I won’t be surprised if Tomori will leave the club on a loan. I think on loan just because [last] summer they had the opportunity to sell Tomori to Everton on a permanent deal but there was not any agreement.
“The Chelsea board are so happy with Tomori for the future, but now he’s not playing and that’s why [we] can expect some moves [in] January for Tomori.”
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Despite the fact that Everton ended up making the £24.75 million permanent signing of Ben Godfrey in the summer transfer window, Ancelotti has still been left short at the back at times due to injuries, with centre-back Godfrey being fielded out of position in order to cover for defensive absentees in certain fixtures.
In our opinion, this is something that Tomori’s versatility could help with, as the centre-back has been played at right-back 29 times and left-back three times over the course of his career.
And, considering that Everton have been linked with a January move for the likes of Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti in recent weeks, it would appear that the Italian is still keen on bringing in defensive reinforcements over the upcoming transfer window, which could point to the club reigniting their interest in Tomori if, as Romano claims, Chelsea are now more willing to part with the centre-back.