According to BBC Sport, Leeds United are the ‘likeliest destination’ for Chelsea central defender Fikayo Tomori.
It has been reported that Leeds need to sign a centre-back in the January transfer window due to the long-term injury suffered by Robin Koch.
As covered by HITC Sport here, TalkSPORT reported in December 2020 that the Whites have expressed an interest in 23-year-old England international Tomori, who was described as “incredible” by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on Derby County’s official website in April 2019.
Lampard worked with the youngster when he was in charge of Derby in the Championship and is now his manager at Chelsea.
Good short-term signing for Leeds United?
With Diego Llorente also struggling with injuries and fitness issues this season, there is an argument to be made that Leeds could do with a new centre-back in the short term.
Tomori knows the Premier League well, having made 15 appearances last season, and the centre-back would be a good cover at Elland Road for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old’s versatility to play as a right-back would also be a boon for Leeds.
The defender is struggling to play regularly for Chelsea this season – he has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League, according to WhoScored – and he could be open to a loan move to Leeds.
Tomori has players such as Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma ahead of him in the pecking order at Chelsea, but it cannot be denied that the youngster is an exciting talent who would make the Whites better and give head coach Marcelo Bielsa a very good option.