Fikayo Tomori is set to join Rennes on loan in search of first-team football following the defender’s limited opportunities at Chelsea this season.
Tomori has struggled to build on an impressive breakthrough at Chelsea last season and has found himself firmly out-of-favour at Stamford Bridge, making just two Premier League appearances since the turn of the New Year.
The summer signing of Thiago Silva has pushed the youngster further down the pecking order and he has not featured in a Premier League match-day squad since October, making just two starts this season in League Cup clashes against Barnsley and Tottenham.
Leeds had been linked with a move for the 22-year-old as they bid to cover injuries to Robin Koch and Diego Llorente at centre-back, though TalkSPORT are reporting that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are set to miss out with Tomori close to a loan move to France.
Tomori rejected a loan move to West Ham late in the summer transfer window but now appears close to a temporary exit, as he bids to reignite a career that has largely stagnated since being handed his England debut in November 2019.
Rennes reportedly made an approach to sign Tomori as part of the deal that took Edouard Mendy from the Ligue 1 side to Chelsea during the summer and now look close to securing the defender ahead of next month’s window.