Sunday 25 September 2016

Chelsea have mammoth bid for promising Italian defender rejected

Tom Rooney

Published 25/08/2016 | 16:46

AC Milan have rejected Chelsea's bid for Alessio Romagnoli. (Photo: GETTY IMAGES)
AC Milan have rejected Chelsea's bid for Alessio Romagnoli. (Photo: GETTY IMAGES)

Chelsea’s quest to recruit one of the most promising defenders in Italian football took a hit today after Milan rejected a bid in the region of £35m for Alessio Romagnoli.

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The Blues are seeking to bolster options at the heart of their defence before the close of the summer window but, thus far, have come up short.

Incredibly, Chelsea offered such a considerable sum for Romagnoli, despite the 21-year-old being their second choice after failing in their attempts to lure Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, according to the Guardian.

Indeed, Milan have informed the Stamford Bridge outfit that the Italy U21 international is going nowhere.

Romagnoli was bought from Roma last year for £20m, and he signed a contract that would keep at the San Siro until at least 2020.

A left-footer, Romagnoli’s assured, refined style of play has drawn comparisons to a bone fide Milan legend, Alessandro Nesta.

Via their website, Milan confirmed Chelsea’s attempt to sign Romagnoli.

“AC Milan have received a very lucrative offer from Chelsea for Alessio Romagnoli. The player, however, is untransferable and therefore this offer will not be accepted. We thank Chelsea, a club Milan always have had the best of relationships.”

With a dearth of fit defenders at his disposal, Antonio Conte is eager to add reinforcements, and looks to be determined to divine such talent from Serie A, a league he led Juventus to three consecutive titles in .

Having registered two wins in as many Premier League games, Chelsea entertain Burnley on Saturday.

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