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Chelsea set sights on AC Milan star

As per a report from Italian outlet Leggo, Premier League champions Chelsea have reignited their interest in AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli.

Highly-rated

Romagnoli, a 23-year-old central defender, has long been regarded as one of the finest young stoppers in all of Italian football.

The Italian international came up through the youth ranks at AS Roma, before showcasing his immense potential during a loan spell with Sampdoria during the 2014-15 season.

This led AC Milan to splash out 25 million Euro on Romagnoli’s signature, with Roma’s decision to allow the stopper to depart the Stadio Olimpico having since been heavily scrutinized in Italy.

Partnership

Romagnoli has since gone on to make exactly 100 Serie A appearances for Milan, with the club’s recent resurgence under Gennaro Gattuso having been largely based on the brilliant central defensive partnership between he and fellow Italian international Leonardo Bonucci.

In-demand

The upturn in form currently being enjoyed by Romaganoli has led to inevitable interest in the Rossoneri star on the part of some of European football’s biggest clubs.

And, as per the aforementioned report from newspaper Leggo, ‘several clubs are following the defender’, including Premier League champions Chelsea.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is known to be a long-term admirer of the talents of Romagnoli, with the Italian tactician having reportedly informed the board at Stamford Bridge of his interest in the 5-time capped Azzurri international last summer.

However, with Conte widely expected to depart Chelsea this summer, it remains to be seen whether the club will follow through on their rumoured interest with an official offer for Romagnoli.

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