Chelsea have reportedly seen a second approach for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli rejected, with claims it was worth €35m.
The Premier League outfit were understood to have lodged an initial €25m on Tuesday, and while that was rejected, they opted to test Milan’s resolve further with a second offer.
However, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, that second proposal has also now been dismissed with the Rossoneri making it clear that they have no desire to sell their prized asset.
The 21-year-old arrived from Roma last summer and enjoyed a solid first season at the club, with expectations high that he’ll establish himself as a symbol of the club in the years to come.
In turn, it’s no real surprise to see Milan turn down Chelsea’s advances, although there were suggestions that they would be forced to consider a bid if it was too substantial to turn down.
However, €35m is evidently not going to get the job done as Gazzetta insist that the Rossoneri are not wavering and have no intention of even giving Chelsea the slightest bit of belief that they are making inroads.
It’s been a frustrating summer for Antonio Conte in the transfer market on the whole as he continues to look to add to the signings of N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi.
Having made no secret of his desire to sign a defender given the lack of quality and depth at his disposal, particularly in the central positions, he has been linked with various names from around Europe in the last two months.
Romagnoli was the latest name to be added to that list, but it appears as though the former Juventus and Italy boss will be left frustrated still as Milan will continue to rebuff their interest.