Carlo Ancelotti given Alessio Romagnoli transfer boost as AC Milan plot summer exit of Everton target
According to Calciomercato, AC Milan will sell Everton-linked defender Alessio Romagnoli in the summer transfer window.
Romagnoli has one year remaining on his contract at the San Siro but will not be offered new terms. The Serie A side feel now is the time to part with their captain after he fell to third choice in Stefano Pioli’s pecking order.
Romagnoli is behind Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori in the Rossoneri ranks and has no interest in spending a season on the bench. The Italian only featured for 107 minutes over his side’s final eight games of the term.
Technical Director Paolo Maldini and Sporting Director Frederic Massara have decided against offering Romagnoli a new contract. Instead, the AC Milan chiefs feel his economic value and place in Pioli’s pecking order facilitates the need for a transfer.
Milan will not offer Romagnoli an extension to his current €3.5million a year (£58k-p/w) terms, as his future is considered elsewhere.
Romagnoli is not expected to see out his contract at the San Siro to leave for free in 2022, as he wants to feel important and play a leading role. His situation will now be considered as a boost for Everton and Carlo Ancelotti.
Reports by Il Milanista in March claimed the Toffees were ready to sign Romagnoli, as head coach Ancelotti would welcome him as the new leader of his defence.
TBR’s view: Everton should sign Romagnoli
Ancelotti has long doubted the potential of his current defenders and would not have felt confident going into the transfer market after Mason Holgate suffered a dip in form.
Errors against Tottenham Hotspur proved costly and a promising recovery against Arsenal went to waste when Holgate again slipped up against Aston Villa. He would not play another full 90 minutes at centre-half in the Premier League all season.
The Daily Mail claimed in February that question marks had arisen over who Ancelotti’s best centre-back pairing is, and that Yerry Mina could be sold to raise funds for better options.
Romagnoli would certainly be an improvement on the likes of Mina and Holgate and can offer Ancelotti the new leader he seemingly craves.
Ancelotti already admires the leadership qualities that Romagnoli can bring to Goodison Park, having held the Rossoneri captaincy since 2018. He is also determined to enjoy a stronger season next term after falling out of favour at the San Siro this year, only to Everton’s benefit.
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