Report: Chelsea set sights on 27-year-old club captain that's out of contract this summer
Chelsea are reportedly setting their sights on AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli as a potential target for next season.
According to Marca, the Blues are looking across the transfer market to find potential defensive targets for the summer transfer window.
The report explains that Milan defender Romagnoli is on a shortlist for Chelsea.
Romagnoli, 27, is an experienced player who’s already made 240 Milan appearances since his arrival at the San Siro in 2015.
The left-footed centre-back is a senior figure that wears the captain’s armband. Also, he’s earned 12 Italy caps to date.
His contract with Serie A giants Milan expires at the end of this 2021/22 season, so it’s going to be interesting to see what his future holds.
He’s not the quickest, which may concerns any Premier League suitors, but is smart out of possession.
CBs the priority for Chelsea
It could quite the manic summer window at this rate.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea were quiet with business in January by failing to bring in any senior additions. They did sign 18-year-old prospect Mason Burstow from Charlton Athletic before allowing him to finish the season on loan with them, though.
It could be quite the opposite come the summer unless some new contracts are sorted out.
Chelsea centre-halves Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are all out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer. There is plenty of speculation regarding contract extensions, but time is running out rapidly.
If the Blues need a new-look defence, signing someone with Romagnoli’s kind of experience would make sense.