Lampard in transfer U-turn as Marina Granovskaia makes special request

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could be forced to make a transfer U-turn on the future of the club’s youngster Fikayo Tomori as there is a new directive from the club’s hierarchy.

Fikayo Tomori has been linked with a move away from the Stamford Bridge for the past two weeks with Premier League sides hoping to land him, alongside Serie A giants AC Milan.

The young defender also seeks to play regular football as he has played just once for the Blues in the Premier League this season. That is enough reasons for him to seek an exit but Lampard wants him to stay after saying last Friday that he believes Tomori can still have a successful career with the club.

The Blues boss could also land him a short-term loan move, telling reporters: “There’s an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo in my head about his career here. And if it’s to go and play games it’s to absolutely enhance his personal development. Hopefully [he will] help whatever team he goes to, because that will come hand in hand, and then come back to us a better player.”

In November 2020, Frank Lampard had stated that he was happy to see the defender turn down a proposal to join cross-city rivals West Ham United on a temporary basis but now appears to be keen to let him leave in search of regular minutes.

However, Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia reportedly told Frank Lampard that the club would need to sell players in order to fund new additions which makes Fikayo Tomori a candidate.

The fact that he has been receiving interests from clubs, makes it very easy, a decision to make so as to land other transfer targets this month but his exit is expected to be a loan move.

AC Milan are reported to have tabled a sum in the region of £890,000 in exchange for Tomori until the end of the season. The Rossoneri are now keen on the signature of the young Blues number one defensive target Mohamed Simakan suffered a serious knee injury.

It is gathered that Granovskaia wants the Serie A giants to stump up £2.6million, a demand that is causing problems for Milan as negotiations continue.