Tomori closing in on Serie A switch, Drinkwater departs

According to reports, the Blues defender is on the verge of linking up with the Serie A club for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard recently admitted that he was not averse to allowing the centre back to head out on loan this month.

Tomori has found himself further down the pecking order this season, with the summer signing of experienced Brazilian defender Thiago Silva squeezing the 23-year-old out of favour.

AC Milan have been the frontrunners to secure Tomori’s signature so far this transfer window and according to Italian website Mediaset, the Rossoneri are in pole position to get the deal over the line.

They claim an agreement for a loan move with an option to buy is on the verge of being completed, with Tomori set to finalise the deal either Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

The two clubs have done loan business in the not too distant past when Tiemoue Bakayoko had a spell at the San Siro for a season in 2018-19.

The details of the deal are believed to be a €3m loan fee with the option to buy stipulation in the contract set at €25m.

Tomori no doubt has a bright future in the game, highlighted in his performances at Stamford Bridge last season – but it remains to be seen if we see him back at Chelsea after this move goes through.

One player who has confirmed their departure from Stamford Bridge today is Danny Drinkwater.

The exiled midfielder has signed a loan deal with Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpaşa until the end of the season.

Drinkwater hasn’t played for Chelsea’s first team since featuring in the 2018 Community Shield against Manchester City.

Bale set to join Ibrahimovic in FIFA video game dispute

Ibrahimovic took to Twitter on Monday night to ask who gave FIFA EA Sports permission to use his name and face, before the Tottenham winger replied and backed the AC Milan striker up.

According to The Athletic, a growing number of top players are likely to follow the lead of the pair and voice their objections to the use of their likeness in the video game without, they believe, proper consent.

FIFPro, the international players’ union, has a mandate to sell name and likeness rights on behalf of every player from a member nation, meaning a lot of the time, players don’t have to be contacted directly.

For a football game to use name and image rights of players, it must either need a specific agreement with their club, nation or with the individual player. It does not acquire these rights via deals with a league.

Depending on the outcome of this case, which is set to rumble on for months or even years, video games as we know them could change dramatically in terms of graphics and name use.

In recent years, Juventus signed an exclusive deal with PES2020, forcing FIFA to use “Piemonte Calcio” as Juventus’ name in FIFA 20 and 21. If this dispute drags on, FIFA could be forced to create fake player names and use generic graphics to depict player faces in future editions.

Bale and Ibrahimovic are two of many global superstars that may feel short-changed by FIFA in recent years, and a legal battle is about to begin.

Spurs nearing deal for Wolves’ Matt Doherty

Spurs are light in the full-back department at present, with Kyle Walker-Peters departing for Southampton earlier on in the transfer window and Serge Aurier in talks over a move to AC Milan.

Jose Mourinho has targeted the Molineux man as a solid addition to his Tottenham squad as he looks to strengthen ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

Doherty is somewhat of an unsung hero in Wolves’ side, with the Irishman’s industry up and down the flank as effective now as it was since making his debut for the club 10 years ago.

Only Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has more direct goal involvements in all competitions over the last two seasons than the Dubliner.

But that decade of service soon looks set to draw to an end, with the 28-year-old almost certain to join Tottenham Hotspur.

This is a boost for the London club, but may cause concern amongst Wolves fans, particularly with regular operator Jonny Otto out with injury.

To heighten the frustrations, highly-rated gaffer Nuno Espirito Santo is yet to sign a new deal at Wanderers.

Wolves have made a bid for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the past few days, but that offer has been rejected by the Gunners.