Chelsea players gather to celebrate at Turf Moor, (c) Chelsea Twitter.

Chelsea central defender is on the radar of AC Milan this month

AC Milan are looking to sign Chelsea defender this month but the Blues may not like the idea of a permanent sale of the player in question.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has chosen to rely on Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva as his preferred pairing of central defenders. The Englishman has decided to count on the duo for the Premier League and Champions League, meaning his three other options- Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori are all limited to cup competitions.

While Christensen was never a regular player under the manager, Rudiger and Tomori occupied significant roles under him last season, which is why they are on the lookout for regular minutes. Tomori has been linked with a move to AC Milan, who have already touched base with Chelsea about a possible move, Fabrizio Romano claims.

Stefano Pioli’s side is topping Serie A, but its defensive frailties were there to see when Juventus scored three past the Rossoneri last week. The manager believes that the addition of a centre-back this month could bridge the gap between minor issues at present and a fully ready squad to compete for the Scudetto for the remainder of the season.

Fikayo Tomori is thought to be open with the prospect on heading to the San Siro, but the 23-year-old is not the 7-time Champions League winning club’s priority. Ligue 1 defender Mohamed Simakan is being pursued as the priority option and Milan will only turn to Tomori’s signing in the event that the primary operation takes a southward turn.

Whether the Blues allow Tomori to leave midway through the season or on a permanent basis remains to be seen. Chelsea are still contending for the FA Cup and Lampard could use Tomori extensively. The England international has age and quality on his side, plus the homegrown factor which may compel the Blues into holding onto him.

Instead, they would prefer selling Rudiger who could bring in a figure close to 20 million euros. The German international has voiced his unhappiness with the lack of minutes this season and given that he is 27, the west Londoners could prefer parting company with him rather than a younger option, as is Tomori.

Rudiger’s sale could allow Chelsea to cash-in on a significant figure which could come in handy during their pursuit of Declan Rice this summer. Moreover, Malang Sarr is also due to return from loan and in terms of squad depth and size, the club would ideally have to get rid of a central defender and all signs point towards it being Rudiger over Tomori.