Unless you’ve been hiding behind some sofa or under a rock, you’ll be fully aware that one of Antonio Conte’s priorities for this transfer window appears to be a new centre-back.
So far, the target was suggested as being Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, but with the Senegalese defender reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract with the Serie A club, the Premier League club are having to look elsewhere.
According to Sky Italia, Antonio Conte is remaining in Italy for his search, and his latest target seems to be Alessio Romagnoli, currently contracted to AC Milan.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Roma for just over £21m last season, was apparently the subject of a €35m bid from Chelsea, which the Italian club have rejected as they consider him ‘unsellable’.
— Sky Sport (@SkySport) August 22, 2016
While this would make sense considering the player’s ability and age, Conte has hinted not being the biggest fan of Romagnoli in the past, mostly when he decided to leave him out of his Italy squad for the 2016 Euros, choosing Daniele Rugani instead who played half the amount of games last season.
Both are incredibly talented defenders, but with Juventus also unwilling to sell their young centre-back, Chelsea’s new manager might need broaden his search in the coming days.