Noel Whelan claimed Leeds United and Newcastle “missed a trick” by not signing Fikayo Tomori this month as he closes in on a reported a loan move to AC Milan.
The former White and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said that the transfer is a “mouthwatering prospect” for the Chelsea 23-year-old with the Italian giants top of Serie A.
Fabrizio Romano revealed yesterday that AC Milan are set to announce the capture of the Chelsea centre-half on loan with an option to buy.
Paolo Maldini, AC Milan director, to Sky Sport: "We wanted Fikayo Tomori also last summer, he's always been one of our targets. He's perfect for our squad, we're working on the last details". He's joining this week from Chelsea, confirmed. 👌🏻🔴 #ACMilan #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 18, 2021
However, the former Derby County defender will now move to Milan, having made just four appearances for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea this season.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to Tomori’s Stamford Bridge exit, Whelan said: “I think Leeds missed a trick in not signing him.
“But for the player, it is very difficult for the player to turn down. It is certainly a mouthwatering prospect, to be at a club like that.
“He is going to a club that really wants him. It is not like he is going to an average club here, it is a club fighting at the top of Serie A and will no doubt be in the Champions League next season.
“It looks like a great signing and a youthful signing for AC Milan. They are actually now starting to progress and rebuild.”