Manchester United bid for Alessio Romagnoli rejected by AC Milan

Manchester United made a £44 million bid for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli according to reports from Italy. The Old Trafford club are believed to have made an initial £39 million offer for the Italy international which included a further £5 million in add-ons. The deal was rejected ‘out of hand’ by the hierarchy of the Italian club, who may currently be under some pressure to cover the huge financial outlay they made last summer after being banned from UEFA competitions this season.

Italian news source, Corriere dello Sport made the claim, which also stated that Chelsea were interested in the 23-year-old when Antonio Conte arrived at the Stamford Bridge club two years ago, seemingly set to be sacked this summer. Chelsea failed to sign Romagnoli, settling for David Luiz instead, who made his return to the club from Paris Saint-Germain. Romagnoli signed a new four-year contract at the club last month but in this day, that could be to maximise the value of the player, who could be sold.

Despite the initial offer from United being rejected, the Old Trafford club has reportedly been encouraged that the Italian club will do business for the right price this summer. Calciomercato reported that the Milan club would do business with the Premier League contenders as no player in unsellable this summer with the club seeking to stay within the limits of Financial Fair Play, something they fell foul of with their summer spending spree last year.

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Mourinho has been heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld but the £70 million asking price seems to be a stumbling point, considering the player could be available for as little as £25 million next summer, unless he signs a new deal, which could be the case with interest in the player reluctantly disappearing because of the transfer fee set by the North London club. Last season, both Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly were on the sidelines for long spells because of injury and the pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling was not the best.

Alessio Romagnoli is going to be a top player in the future. The bid United have reportedly made is very low, but a club is not going to start high when bidding for a player. Obviously, the 23-year-old will be worth a lot more than this and it is to be expected that the Milan club may ask for a sum of around £70 million this summer. That seems to be the going rate for a defender ever since Liverpool shelled out £75 million for Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

If that is what United need to pay in order to strengthen their defence this summer, that is what they will have to pay. The club has spent £61 million on both Bailly and Victor Lindelof during the last two summer transfer windows but United are still not a team that holds much defensive security. With reports that Alex Sandro has an agreement with the Old Trafford club, whether that materialises as a transfer or just more speculation, it can be suggested that Mourinho, at least, is seeking to fill the problem positions at the club.

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