Chelsea have entered talks with defender Fikayo Tomori regarding new contract after David Luiz’s shock exit to Arsenal scuppered the centre-back’s loan move to Everton.
It was confirmed on Thursday night that David Luiz, despite penning a new contract at Stamford Bridge recently, had joined London rivals for a fee of £8 million on a two-year deal.
The Europa League winners had already planned to give Fikayo Tomori, who enjoyed an impressive loan spell in Championship with Derby County last term, an extension on his current deal, which expires two years, ahead of loaning him out to Merseyside.
However, the Evening Standard reports that David Luiz’s surprise move to Emirates has increased the onus on tying Fikayo Tomori down for the long term.
Manager Frank Lampard has placed a strong emphasis on promoting the young talent this campaign due to the transfer ban, which is in effect until next summer.
Right-back Reece James, another youngster who impressed on loan in the Championship last year, has also been earmarked as a player ready for first-team action, with Lampard planning to use him to understudy captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
It is a massive blow for Everton and Marco Silva, who wanted to bring in a new centre-back to support current backline after the Merseysiders club failed to bring Kurt Zouma back to Goodison Park.
During summer transfer window Everton have completed deals for Moise Kean, Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph and Jonas Lossl with Djibril Sidibe arriving on loan.