Sarri Vs Mourinho! Chelsea boss sends Blues men to Italy as chase to land Man United target steps up
Chelsea have reportedly rekindled their interest in AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli ahead of a potential bid in the January window.
Regarded as one of the finest defenders in world football, Romagnoli has been on the transfer radar of Chelsea for a number of seasons now with reports even claiming they made contact with Milan during the summer transfer window to get a deal done.
But the Italians were not prepared to sell their Captain and a player they hold in the highest regard, so the Blues eventually ended their interest and focused on sealing deals for Kepa, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
However, with speculation both Andreas Christensen and David Luiz are looking to leave the club in the January window, reports on the TalkSport website have claimed the Blues sent representatives to witness the Milan derby at the weekend, as they begin to up the tempo in their pursuit of the centre-back.
United are also in desperate need of adding a world class defender to the back-line as Jose Mourinho has constantly criticised his current set of players, despite the fact they only conceded one more goal than Manchester City last season.
The Serie A star recently confirmed he had offers to leave Italy in the summer.
He was quoted: ‘Inter-Milan is also a direct clash for the Champions League, but the greater responsibilities give me more motivation than pressure. I am proud of it. I want to play here for many years and win.
‘The renewal? A logical choice. I am fine with my teammates, with Gattuso, with the fans. There were offers from the Premier League, but I feel at home here. I debuted against Milan in Serie A. Maybe it was my destiny. I like Milano, I only miss the sea of Neptune, maybe I will hang a picture of it in my room.
‘Milan will win again. It is a solid club which will fight for the Champions League and go on in the Europea League. What has changed?
‘Firstly, the ownership was exposed to so many risks. Now there is the desire to invest. Maldini and Leonardo transmit serenity and know the world of Milan.’
But Chelsea and United will both be boosted by the reports which claim, a lack of Champions League football could convince the defender to move to the Premier League in the coming windows.
Would Romagnoli be a good signing for United or Chelsea? Here is what we think.
Both Chelsea and United have a world class attack that can cause problems for any defence they come up against, but both have a defence that could cost them the chance to win the Premier League this season.
And if they both want to de-thrown City as Champions, then they do need to go out and splash the cash on a player like Romagnoli, who has the ability and composure to be a real superstar in both squads.