Everton may have work to do if they hope to convince Fikayo Tomori to make the move to Goodison Park this summer, with TEAMtalk reporting that the centre-back is reluctant to leave Chelsea.
The Telegraph reported late last month that Carlo Ancelotti was keen to sign Tomori on loan. It was suggested that they were waiting for the Blues to make a decision on his future.
And their need to sign a new centre-back has only increased in recent weeks. As noted by the Liverpool Echo, Mason Holgate could be out for up to three months with injury.
Unfortunately for Everton, convincing Tomori to move may not be an easy task. TEAMtalk reports Chelsea have made the 22-year-old available and Rennes had hoped to sign him as part of the move that could see Edouard Mendy end up at Stamford Bridge.
However, TEAMtalk notes that Tomori is reluctant to join the Ligue 1 side. While that may be encouraging for Everton, the report notes that the youngster is convinced that he can make the grade with Chelsea.
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Tomori wanting to stay put may not necessarily be a good sign for the Toffees. But Ancelotti’s men are perhaps in a better position given that they would be interested in a loan move.
Of course, that may not be great news for Everton in the long run. But a move that leaves the door open for Tomori to return to Chelsea may perhaps appeal more than a permanent switch to Rennes.
And if he sees that game-time in Frank Lampard’s side is going to be difficult to come by this term, perhaps his stance could change before the transfer deadline.