Report: Chelsea to reignite pursuit of £49million-rated 21-year-old defender

Report: Chelsea to reignite pursuit of £49million-rated 21-year-old defender

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Chelsea are ready to go back for AC Milan centre-back Alessio Romagnoli in January, according to the Sun.

The report suggests Antonio Conte is keen to sign another centre-back in January and has decided to try again for the 21-year-old defender despite failing with a £35m bid last summer.

Romagnoli, who made his debut for Italy’s senior national team against Spain earlier this month, is widely regarded as one of the most promising defenders in world football.

Chelsea were heavily linked with the defender during the summer transfer window, but AC Milan reportedly refused to let him go and the Blues ended up signing David Luiz.

However, Chelsea seem determined to bring Romagnoli to Stamford Bridge and could even decide to meet AC Milan’s reported asking price in order to secure the player’s signature.

The former Roma and Sampdoria centre-back has made 7 league appearances for Vincenzo Montella’s side so far this season.

He’s one of Montella’s key players, so the Rossoneri would definitely want to keep him at the San Siro.

Romagnoli has four more years to run on his contract with the Italian giants, which puts the club in a very strong negotiating position.

Given AC Milan’s financial boost following their much-discussed Chinese takeover earlier this year, the club doesn’t really need to sell its best players anymore.

In fact, the new AC Milan owners will surely be looking to sign some top quality players in the next few transfer windows in order to turn the club into a title contender as soon as possible.

Chelsea would find it very hard to convince the Italian club’s ambitious owners to offload one of their most valuable players – even for close to £50m.

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