Chelsea versatile defender could make permanent move to AC Milan

At AC Milan, the name Ariedo Braida is one that is extremely well known.

The Milan senior figure between 1986 and 2002, followed by an 11-year spell as their director of football, the now 74-year-old footballing figure is a man who is listened to over in Lombardy.

That is why Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport turned to Ariedo to ask him some questions about his former club, during which he brought up Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori.

The centre-half is currently on loan at Milan for the remainder of the campaign, swapping Stamford Bridge for San Siro in search of playing time, and he’s impressed thus far.

With five matches under his belt already, the 23-year-old defender has shown already why Paolo Maldini wanted him, and the €25 million or so option to make his move permanent could very well end up being a bargain.

That is, in essence, what Ariedo said: “I also like Tomori very much. No matter how much his redemption from Chelsea costs: he must be evaluated well in the coming months. [Silvano] Ramaccioni said it well: ‘You can make a mistake in a purchase, but woe to letting a player who is worth it go away’.”

That sounds very much like he is urging his old side to seriously consider making the loan a permanent move at the end of the campaign, which certainly does not sound like the worst idea.

After all, the Blues, with the option, made it clear they were happy to let Fikayo go at the right price, so there could be few complaints from their end.