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AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini is keen to speak with Chelsea on Fikayo Tomori’s permanent option clause.

Maldini says he is satisfied with Tomori’s performance since the defender was loaned out in January, but believes the option of around £ 26million is “very high”.

“Tomori is a good talent and we have an option to buy clause,” he said. Sky in Italy before their clash in Rome on Sunday.

“The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss it with the Chelsea board.”

Tomori went through the Academy system in Chelsea

Tomori started at center-back against Roma – his fourth in Serie A so far and his fifth appearance overall since the change.

Maldini – a Milan legend with more than 900 appearances – also said: “Tomori is a player who has particular characteristics of speed and intensity and for us he was a reinforcement.”

The 23-year-old Chelsea academy graduate played against usual first-choice Alessio Romagnoli and alongside Simon Kjaer.

Tomori fell out of favor under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after the Blues signed Thiago Silva and chose to keep Antonio Rudiger last summer.

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