Chelsea’s pursuit of AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli is far from over, according to reports in Italy this morning.
The Blues had a bid of €35m knocked back by the Serie A side for the 21-year-old earlier this week as they look to bolster their defence for the new season.
However, Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, the same man who broke the story of initial bid on Monday, has claimed that Chelsea are set to return to the Rossoneri with an improved offer.
Under the terms of the new bid, Chelsea would pay Milan a guaranteed sum of €35m, with a further €5m coming from a series of add–ons and clauses.
Milan manager Vincenzo Montella is quite keen to hang on to the Italian under-21 international, but the Guardian claim that they could be tempted into selling before next Wednesday’s deadline if they feel they can find a suitable replacement in that time.
If, however, they can’t find a replacement then Romagnoli will be going nowhere – the remaining defenders at the San Siro would be nowhere the level required.
Romagnoli only joined Milan last summer for a fee of €25m – to that end, Milan might seek a greater return for their investment given how much the centre-back has improved over the past twelve months.
Romagnoli is not the only central defender Chelsea are interested in, but he appears to be priority right now unless Napoli soften their stance on number one target Kalidou Koulibaly. Roma’s Kostas Manolas, Torino’s Nikola Maksimovic and Stefan De Vrij of Lazio have also been linked.
Chelsea are set to be one of the busier Premier League sides before the window shuts net week – Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo is still reportedly set to sign in the the next few days, while manager Antonio Conte remains in the hunt for a striker to provide competition for Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi.
Asmir Begovic and Loic Remy, who currently occupy those respective roles, may not be at the club for much longer.