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Contract details of Fulham’s ambitious offer for Alessio Romagnoli emerge

Alessio Romagnoli AC Milan May 2022

Newly-promoted Fulham are attempting to land a real coup signing in the form of former AC Milan central defender Alessio Romagnoli.

The 27-year-old Italy international is available on a free transfer after his Rossoneri contract expired. He has vast experience with 247 appearances for AC Milan and 10 goals during that time.

Fulham, according to Sky Sport in Italy, have offered the defender a four-year contract, worth €4m a season. That equates to around €77,000 a week or £66,000 and is exactly what Newcastle are reported to have offered the player.

Newcastle were thought to be leading the chase for Romagnoli last month. But they withdrew their interest and instead went after a deal for Sven Botman.

Eddie Howe has since sealed a £35m move for Botman, who was understood to be the club’s top defensive target.

Now Romagnoli is thought to be mulling over the offer with rival interest also from Aston Villa.

Italian publication Corriere dello Sport have stated Villa are in the hunt, despite signing Diego Carlos. The Brazilian defender put pen to a four-year deal with Villa paying £26m to get him on board.

The report claims Romagnoli could still be biding his time to move to another club in Italy.

Romagnoli captained Milan to the Serie A title last season, but he lost his place towards the end of the season. Injury problems saw him sidelined, but he could only make the bench in the last month of the campaign after recovering from an adductor issue.

Bailly loan proposal

He did get a nine-minute run-out on the final-day win at Sassuolo. But the door has not been closed on an adventure abroad and Fulham will be hopeful.

The Cottagers do have other options though and, according to Sky Sports News, they are chasing Eric Bailly.

The defender is set to leave Old Trafford after being told he is not part of Erik ten Hag’s plans. The 28-year-old has two years left on his United contract and is looking for game time.

Apparently Fulham have made an approach to United about the player’s availability. Marco Silva’s side want a season-long loan with the option to buy, but United are favouring a permanent transfer.

The two clubs were already in talks over midfielder Andreas Pereira, who has returned from his loan with Flamengo.