Chelsea reportedly lodged a £30m bid for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, but were immediately told that the young Italian ace wasn’t for sale.
The 21-year-old joined the Rossoneri from Roma last summer, and after a solid first year at the San Siro, has been tipped as a pillar of the club’s future.
In turn, it comes as no surprise that they are unwilling to discuss a transfer, with Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that Chelsea were immediately knocked back.
Romagnoli will continue to form an integral part of the Milan team moving forward, with Vincenzo Montella having a young nucleus of Italian players that he will hope to be able to rely upon for years to come.
Meanwhile, it’s another setback for Antonio Conte who will have to continue his desperate search for a new central defender elsewhere with the transfer deadline fast approaching.
The former Juventus and Italy boss has already stressed on multiple occasions to the media that he wants to add depth to his backline with the addition of another central defender, as he fears what would happen should either John Terry or Gary Cahill pick up an injury or suspension.
The Blues have started well under his stewardship after recording back-to-back wins to start the new Premier League season, and in turn Conte will be keen to see them maintain their momentum for as long as possible.
In order to do that he’ll need to bolster the squad and add quality and depth, and so it’s no surprise to see him linked with several different individuals this month.
After being knocked back again though, it remains to be seen who is next on the transfer shortlist with Kalidou Koulibaly marked off already as he has been tipped to sign a new deal at Napoli.