And whilst the likes of Willy Caballero and Jamal Blackman will leave when their contracts expire at the end of the month, Elimby’s move was the first to earn Chelsea a nice cash injection.
With that said, a second windfall has arrived with confirmation of Fikayo Tomori’s permanent transfer to AC Milan following a successful loan spell during the second half of the season just gone.
“Fikayo Tomori will complete a permanent transfer from Chelsea to AC Milan on 1 July,” a statement reads. The defender spent the second half of last season on loan with Milan, but will make that move permanent next month after a deal was agreed between the two clubs.
As per The Athletic, the centre-back’s move to the Serie A giants means Blues will receive an initial payment of £25m.
That was the agreed fee between the two clubs prior to Tomori sealing a loan move to the Rossoneri during the January transfer window.
And after impressing during the second half of the season, Milan boss Stefano Pioli made it clear that his side would be taking up the option to sign the 23-year-old permanently.
“We want to buy Tomori on a permanent deal from Chelsea,” he said. Our intention is clear and also Fikayo’s decision (staying at Milan). We’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”
Well, the Italian tactician has been granted his wish, with the aforementioned report also stating that Chelsea could also receive a further £5m in potential add-ons which takes the overall deal to £30m.
Tomori’s departure and subsequent cash injection for Chelsea could be very useful amid talk of Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi being the focus of director Marina Granovskaia’s next move.
Signing both players this summer could cost the club in the region of £200m, which means the Blues have to raise funds in order to bolster their first-team squad.
And that’s where selling Tomori to AC Milan for £25m could come in handy.