Report: Fulham join Newcastle in offering 27-year-old Aston Villa target a contract
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Fulham have joined Newcastle in offering Aston Villa target Alessio Romagnoli a contract.
What’s the story?
Well, after making 247 appearances for AC Milan, the 27-year-old is now a free agent after his contract at the San Siro expired.
Newcastle are said to have already made the Italy international an offer of £66,000-a-week, and now, Fulham have sent him an offer of a four-year contract worth €4m-a-year (£3m).
Aston Villa are also believed to be monitoring the situation, but as far as we know, the Villans have not offered Romagnoli a contract of their own.
Di Marzio believes the centre-back is currently considering the offer from Fulham, and he is surely going to have a long think about the situation seeing as he has never played football outside of Italy.
Unsurprisingly, Di Marzio also adds that Romagnoli would ideally prefer to stay in Serie A, so if an Italian side match the offers from the Cottagers and the Magpies, we presume he’ll ignore a move to England.
Fulham, Newcastle & Aston Villa will have to tempt Romagnoli
In our view, the Premier League trio are going to have to make Romagnoli a very attractive offer, as he seems keen to stay in his comfort zone of Italian football.
The Anzio-born defender has proven himself in his homeland, and seeing as he would prefer to remain there, it seems as if only an irresistible financial offer will make him change his mind.
On the other hand, Fulham and Newcastle could also gamble and leave their current offers on the table, in the hope that no Italian sides come forward and make a bid of their own for Romagnoli.
Ultimately, Marco Silva and Eddie Howe need to be sure about their interest, as there would be no point in signing the defender, only for him to potentially become homesick and demand a speedy exit.
Be sure to keep an eye on this situation, as Romagnoli will hopefully respond to the offers soon.
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