Chelsea are keeping tabs on the contractual situation of AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, a report claims.
Romagnoli is entering the final 18 months of his contract at San Siro, meaning Milan will have to make a decision on his future soon.
The Italian has been at the club for most of his senior career and currently serves as their captain. Hence, he remains a vital player for them, but they would not want to lose him for a discounted fee.
That may be unavoidable if Romagnoli comes no closer to signing a contract extension. Therefore, until he commits, then there may be an opportunity for Chelsea.
According to 90min, the Blues are interested in Romagnoli. Frank Lampard is keen to shore up his defence, even after the signing of Thiago Silva in the summer.
The former Milan and PSG star has helped improve their fortunes at the back, but is only a short-term solution. Therefore, Chelsea could still be looking for a defender in their prime years.
Previous reports have suggested Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, but 90min claim Romagnoli is on the agenda.
Lampard has reportedly told Chelsea officials to keep track of Romagnoli’s situation. He would be “intrigued” by the chance to sign the 25-year-old for a cheaper fee.
Donnarumma also of interest
The report adds that Chelsea are also interested in Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose contract is due to expire even sooner – at the end of this season.
Donnarumma graduated the Milan academy at an early age to become their first-choice goalkeeper.
The 21-year-old has confirmed he wants to stay with the Rossoneri. However, they are yet to propose an offer that would be close to matching his £200,000-per-week wage demands.
Agent Mino Raiola, who represents both Donnarumma and Romagnoli, is giving Milan time to come up with an appropriate offer. However, if they do not, then he could try and find new clubs for the pair overseas.
Chelsea appear to be in the picture, despite signing Edouard Mendy in goal over the summer. However, with Kepa Arrizabalaga potentially on his way out, they could be keeping an eye on the latest developments with Donnarumma.