The Blues academy graduate has solely simply signed a brand new deal however an absence of minutes within the last weeks of the season has led to frustration
Rennes have registered an curiosity in signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a season-long mortgage deal however the Blues stay cautious about accepting a suggestion.
A number of sources have confirmed the discussions because the French membership put together for a Champions League marketing campaign subsequent season by making an method for the 22-year-old.
Tomori had initially suffered from damage upon the Premier League restarting in June after the coronavirus-enforced shutdown however he has been obtainable in the previous few weeks with out being utilized by supervisor Frank Lampard.
The scenario has led to concern however he has but to debate Lampard’s long-term plans for him and whether or not Chelsea imagine a season away from the membership might help his long-term prospects in west London.
The Blues have signed up a number of academy gamers to new contracts this season, together with Tomori, who agreed on a brand new five-year deal in December after his breakthrough season below Lampard.
Nevertheless, Chelsea are open to modifications in defence having conceded 54 targets within the league this season, which is the worst determine since Roman Abramovich took over the membership in 2003.
Alongside Tomori’s curiosity from Rennes, Kurt Zouma’s entourage has reportedly had contact with Paris Saint-Germain over a potential summer season transfer.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen each have lower than two years on their present contracts with renewal talks having not been opened by the Stamford Bridge membership.
All 4 defenders would fortunately stay at Chelsea however Lampard opened the door to modifications after the 2-1 loss to Arsenal within the FA Cup last final Saturday.
“Yeah, it’s true,” Lampard mentioned. “The numbers don’t lie. We are attempting to play a sure method. I do know that groups on the high of the sport, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis, have been by comparable. I’m not saying we’re going to get to that stage, however there have been comparable durations within the early phases of their managers being on the membership a number of years in the past.
“We’re conceding an excessive amount of; it’s a work in progress for me. I can’t shelve it in one other path. We have now to work defensively as a bunch. However a number of the particular person errors we’re making, clear particular person errors, some at present clearly value us targets, can’t be there if we wish to hold shifting ahead.
“We have now to work as a bunch to make that higher. That’s clear; we’re not hiding from that. We have now come fourth, we’ve had a great season. There are areas to enhance and defensively we have now to enhance.”
The Blues are first prioritising each Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester Metropolis’s Ben Chilwell earlier than they make modifications to their central defensive positions.
They’re additionally contemplating goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future however their document £71 million ($93m) signing is proving costly even to mortgage for events resembling Valencia and Sevilla.
Options embrace Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, though Diego Simeone would need the total €120m launch clause (£110m/$137.5m) paid. There’s additionally curiosity in Ajax’s Andre Onana who is offered for a considerably decrease payment and who would welcome a transfer to London within the upcoming switch window.
Chelsea subsequent face Bayern Munich within the Champions League on the Allianz Enviornment on Saturday, having misplaced the primary leg at residence 3-0. They face a range disaster with as much as 10 gamers out and have known as upon a number of kids together with Ian Maatsen, Lewis Bate and Dynel Simeu.