As Antonio Conte remains desperate to continue rebuilding his defence, it has been revealed by the Sun that AC Milan’s 21-year-old central defender Alessio Romagnoli remains at the top of his list and the San Siro club have told him that only bids worth £50 million would even be considered. Having had bids worth up to £35 million rejected by Vincenzo Montella’s team in August, it seems that Roman Abramovich will have to stump up the cash if Conte is to get his man.
That said, it would be a worthwhile investment. At just 21, and having made his Italy debut up against Spain last week, Romagnoli has composure and experience belying his years and is one of the most highly rated young defenders in the world. A move to Chelsea would likely suit him and he could be a long term replacement for John Terry that fits the Conte mould well.
Another defensive option could be Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos, claim the Express. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is believed to be open to offers for the defender after some questionable form at the start of the season, with Conte reportedly joining Juventus in keeping an eye on the situation and may take advantage of the conflict to bring Ramos to London.
Ramos would be the perfect short term replacement for John Terry given his experience and leadership skills, but has been in questionable form of late with two penalties conceded in his last three games before picking up a knee injury on international duty which is likely to keep him out of action until mid to late November. Whilst he would be an improvement, Ramos would not come cheap and does not offer the long term solution Conte needs.
One player who certainly does have a bright future ahead of him is on loan striker Tammy Abraham. The forward scored twice for England under 21s this week up against Bosnia, and received messages from his Chelsea team mates as he told the press:
The messages that I’ve got from them have just been really positive – but I’ve been getting advice on key areas that I can improve on too… That’s what I try to do, keep going and improving. And luckily that’s what I’ve been doing and showing people what I’m capable of doing… I think I could have more shots from long range and outside the box.
Abraham has been in fine form for both club and country this season with 13 goals in 15 games to date, but unfortunately for Blues fans he won’t be at Stamford Bridge anytime soon, as the Bristol Post claim that the loan deal taking him to Ashton Gate did not allow for him to be recalled at any time.
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