AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has reiterated that defender Alessio Romagnoli is not for sale at any price after rejecting a bid from Chelsea this week.
The 21-year-old arrived at the San Siro from Roma last summer, and was immediately considered a pillar of the club’s long-term future.
However, the Rossoneri’s resolve was tested this week with Chelsea returning with a second bid of £34m, as reported by Sky Sports, although the Premier League outfit were again turned away.
With just a few more days remaining before the transfer deadline passes, Galliani has warned their European rivals that Romagnoli will not be leaving the club, and neither will other key young players currently in the squad.
“We declared that Romagnoli is not for sale,” he told reporters prior to Saturday night’s clash with Napoli. “I thank Chelsea, who made a very important offer, but we do not sell our jewels. Mattia De Sciglio is included in that list and so is Gianluigi Donnarumma.”
Romagnoli was called up by new Italy boss Giampiero Ventura for his first squad on Saturday, and he will likely become a key figure for club and country in the years to come if he continues to develop.
His shortcomings are still evident as Milan have now conceded six goals in their opening two Serie A games of the season, but there are certainly many reasons as to why Conte wanted him, but he will fail in his pursuit based on the latest comments from Galliani.
In turn, it creates a problem for the Italian tactician as he needs to strengthen his defence before the deadline. With a lack of depth in that department, he’ll be desperate to add another quality player to his squad but is now rapidly running out of time.