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AC Milan reject large Chelsea bid for Romagnoli

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You’re going to have to stump up some cash, Roman.

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AC Milan have rejected a large offer of €35m from Chelsea for defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to Sky Italia.

New manager for the London club, Anotonio Conte, is determined to make at least two more new signings, one of these needing to be a defender, ideally in the centre-back role.

The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the best up and coming defenders in Italy. Milan acquired Romagnoli last summer from AS Roma for a fee of around €25m on a five year contract.

Thankfully, the club see Romagnoli as ‘unsellable’ and a key piece in rebuilding Milan back to its former glory. The defender has been linked to Chelsea in the past, back in February, and also has had links to Arsenal, however the Rossoneri are keen on holding onto the U21 Italian international.

Whether Chelsea decide to up their price and try to tempt the club to sell is unknown. The Blue Lions are also linked with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Torino's Nikola Maksimovic. Chelsea have submitted several offers for Koulibaly, all to no avail so far.