AC Milan have knocked back an offer from Chelsea for defender Alessio Romagnoli worth a potential £35m, according to reports from The Guardian.
The London club have been one of the least active top Premier League sides in the summer transfer market, signing only Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante, as well as, according to Sky Sports, veteran goalkeeper Eduardo from Dinamo Zagreb.
However, snapping up a new defender is believed to be a priority for Antonio Conte ahead of next week’s transfer deadline, and Romagnoli has emerged as a serious target.
But, Milan have revealed, via an official statement on their website, that an offer from the Londoners has been rejected:
“AC Milan have received a very lucrative offer from Chelsea for Alessio Romagnoli,
“The player, however, is untransferable and therefore this offer will not be accepted. We thank Chelsea, a club Milan always have had the best of relationships.”
Chelsea are somewhat short of options at centre-back with Kurt Zouma still out of action with a long-term knee injury.
John Terry and Gary Cahill remain available, but the English duo are not known for their mobility.