Chelsea have, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, been scouting AC Milan’s captain Alessio Romagnoli, most recently at the weekend’s Milan derby which Inter won 1-0.
Chelsea have for months been linked with a new centre-back signing as Maurizio Sarri continues to put his own stamp on a side heavily constructed by managers past at Stamford Bridge.
Calciomercato say in their report that Chelsea’s visiting scouts’ attention was on Alessio Romagnoli in the big Sunday derby clash.
Alessio Romagnoli, 23, would certainly fit the bill being Italian and capped for the senior national side eight times, having signed from Roma back in 2015. While results on the pitch hardly flatter the former European champions, the defender at such a young age has proven to be a popular captain for the club.
The lure and timing of a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window could be too good to spurn for Romagnoli, with AC Milan floundering in the bottom half of Serie A and Champions League still seemingly another season away at least.
Chelsea too may see the signing of Alessio Romagnoli as potentially good business, with the defender unlikely to have the kind of premium price-tag in comparison to a Champions League rival defender.
Gary Cahill is the most likely out in the new year, while Andreas Christensen’s father and agent has hinted that the Dane may also look elsewhere for more first-team action.
With potentially two defenders leaving in January, signing a replacement will be a top priority, especially so if the Blues lose one of their first XI defenders to injury or suspension.