Premier League giants Chelsea is set to make a bid for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli.
As Blues manager Antonio Conte tries to add depth to his squad before the summer transfer window closes, his club will make a €35m bid for the 21-year-old Italian international, with an additional €5m in performance-related add-ons.
Conte has been eager to bring in a defender, a striker and a reserve goalkeeper before the transfer season closes next week.
The Italian coach sees Romagnoli as a long-term replacement for club captain John Terry, who has started the first two Premier League games for Chelsea alongside Gary Cahill.
But with Kurt Zouma injured, the Italian manager feels he is a player short in that position, despite the fact that Branislav Ivanovic can also assume centre-back role.
Romagnoli, who arrived from Roma for €25m last summer, has a contract with Milan that stretches to 2020 that also pays around €2m a year. Chelsea is likely to offer in the region of €3.5m a year.
However, Milan was reported to be keen to keep him, but would sell the player should they be able to get an adequate replacement.
Rumours have it that the club is interested in signing Sao Paulo’s Rodrigo Caio.