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Chelsea Showing Interest In AC Milan Defender: What Will He Bring To Stamford Bridge?

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In a recent report, Marca claimed that Chelsea are showing interest in AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli this summer. It is understood that the Blues have identified the Italy international as one of their targets for the summer transfer window.

Romagnoli’s Good Form In Italian Football This Season

Romagnoli has enjoyed a decent campaign in Italian football after producing a few solid performances at the heart of Stefano Pioli’s defence. The 27-year-old has netted one goal in 19 matches for the Italian club this season across all competitions.

More importantly, the Italian sensation has been a solid presence on the defensive end of the field based on his average of 1.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 2.5 clearances per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball from the back after completing 88.8% of his attempted passes in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 23: Alessio Romagnoli of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 23, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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What Will Romagnoli Bring To Chelsea?

Romagnoli is a decent tackler of the ball and is usually quick to snuff out the danger inside his half. He can use his strong 1.85m frame to win his fair share of aerial duels and can be a threat inside the opponent’s penalty area from indirect set-pieces.

The Italian defensive ace can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his side on the defensive third of the pitch. Plus, he is a neat passer of the ball and won’t have any trouble settling into Thomas Tuchel‘s brand of football at Stamford Bridge if the Blues can find a way to engineer a move to land him this summer.

At 27, Romagnoli is enjoying the prime years of his playing career. He could serve as a good replacement for Antonio Rudiger, who has got less than six months remaining in his Chelsea contract.

We can expect Romagnoli to bring plenty of quality to Tuchel’s defence as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in English football. Thus, it makes sense for the West London giants to go all out in pursuit of the 12-time Italy international when the transfer window reopens at the end of this campaign.

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