Fikayo Tomori’s departure from Chelsea was confirmed on Thursday as he penned a four-year contract at AC Milan following a successful loan spell last season.
Having been allowed to leave by former manager Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel was also seemingly happy to allow Tomori to continue his career elsewhere as he heads back to Milan for the next four years and Chelsea have made a cool £25million on the defender.
It brought to an end a 16-year association with Chelsea for Tomori, who joined the club’s under-8s as he started his journey in the game at Cobham.
Chelsea had a plethora of centre backs last season which explained Lampard allowing Tomori’s departure but the move does still seem a little strange, given Tomori’s homegrown status and contract doubts surrounding Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Both are out of contract at the end of next season while Thiago Silva signed his one-year extension last month.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been deployed as a third centre half but is the wrong side of 30, and Kurt Zouma is the other centre back on the books.
The Blues could well dip into the market this summer for a new central defender, they have already been rumoured to be pondering a move for Sergio Ramos following his release by Real Madrid.
Or could it pave the way for another youngster to perhaps get a shot at the first team? If not regular minutes on the pitch, getting into Premier League squads at the very least.