Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is set to leave Stamford Bgride for French side Rennes, according to reports.

L’Equipe says the Ligue 1 outfit have begun talks over a potential deal for the 22-year-old.

Tomori has slipped down Lampard’s pecking order amid competition from Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma and was barely seen in 2020.

The report from France suggests the nature of a deal remains unclear, but a loan move would be more likely.

Lampard rates Tomori after managing him the last two years and although he may not be in his immediate plans he would be hard-pushed to sell the centre-back.

The Athletic previously reported a permanent deal is not in The Blues’ vision.

Tomori was last month linked with a loan move across London to West Ham to help Lampard swoop for Declan Rice – with talk he sees the Hammers man as a future John Terry figure.

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A temporary move to get more game time is thought to be best for Tomori’s development and Rennes could offer him first-team and Champions League football after finishing third last season.