Chelsea have obtained a lengthy run-up at the summer’s transfer window. So if Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli is your guy they have selected to tighten up their citizenship, their religion in the Italian has to be unshakeable.
The Blues have not made a permanent registering since last summer. Then, the bargain to create Mateo Kovačić’s loan change out of Real Madrid full-time was not you to get the pulses racing, despite his remarkable performances this period. Even though the Croatian has thrived beneath Frank Lampard, he had been regarded as a midfielder lacking some identifying skill set while Maurizio Sarri was at the helm.
Chelsea understood their enrollment ban was forthcoming. It’s the reason why they signed Christian Pulisic before last summer.
A repeat is not anticipated during summer time window whenever it happens. Lampard’s youthful charges have shone, but additional quality in thickness is necessary for the revolution to advance.
Centre-back has turned into a particularly pressing place to fortify. Kurt Zouma is merely a force. Fikayo Tomori is your glowing tomorrow but he is not prepared to become a defensive mainstay.
Input Romagnoli. The 25-year-old is the best tonic to Lampard’s defensive hassle.
He ticks all the boxes when it comes to the type of gamers Chelsea aim to target. More seasoned than Tomori and Zouma but yet to hit peak. A complete Italy global, Romagnoli has big-game expertise even though Milan happen to be absent in the UEFA Champions League for a few years.
Concerning price-tag, he will not come cheap however he will charge less than, say, reported Arsenal goal Dayot Upamecano. And Milan stay in a situation where monetary requirement dictates they market when a suitable offer arrives.
Considering that the Rossoneri find themselves perched in seventh, the maximum facet in Serie A with a negative goal difference (-6), it is hard to pinpoint in the information exactly why Chelsea may want Romagnoli.
In reality, the sole metric where he ranks especially well is departure.
Overall passing precision of 90.3 percent is remarkable, with 36.5 percent moving forward and 63.1 percent of Romagnoli’s long passes connecting with a team-mate.
Being a fantastic distributor of the ball just counts for a lot. Doing the defensive fundamentals remain of paramount significance. Romagnoli, who began his career at Roma and also spent 2014/15 on loan Sampdoria, does exactly that.
The cliché goes Italy produces the very best defenders and at Romagnoli’s situation it’s easy to see why.
Aerially dominant, winning 2.69 of those 4.34 aerial duels he competitions (per 90), Romagnoli is fast across the floor and exact from the tackle.
Employing the authentic tackle win speed metric, which unites the entire amount of struggles (41), fouls from tried tackles (14) and battles dropped (8), Romagnoli comes out with a coveted 65 percent. That speaks volumes to get a participant who chooses his moments. Further 1.73 interceptions (per 90) back up this idea.
Romagnoli’s consciousness and reading of this game are best exemplified from the 0.42 interceptions (per 90) he has averaged within the box this year.
Milan are not in a position of fiscal strength. A fantastic deal because of their captain will be tough to turn down. Chelsea were allegedly enthusiastic in Romagnoli in 2016 if the quoted cost was about £35million. That will have grown but relative to younger centre-backs playing everywhere, he is still quite affordable.
This will probably include a release clause. Conducting their company quickly will be preferential for Chelsea and the Blues have already started placing the building blocks for next year set up with a bargain for Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech.
Romagnoli now pockets €3.5million after-tax, about €67,000 per week. Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis was attempting to inflict a new wage cap that could preclude Milan from renegotiating using their skipper. That would place the ball securely in Chelsea’s court.