Milan Rebuff Mourinho for Star Defender

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Manchester United’s initial attempts to land AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli were rebuffed claims the Manchester Evening News.

According to reports in Il Corriere dello Sport, United’s opening bid of €50m was rejected by the Milan hierarchy. However, the Premier League giants received encouragement to return with an improved offer for the centre-back.

Jose Mourinho’s desire to strengthen his defence this summer are no secret with United scouring Europe for central defenders and full-backs to replace the Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, and Daley Blind among others.

Romagnoli, already capped seven times by Italy since making his debut against Spain in October 2016 during the 1 – 1 draw with Spain, is a cultured central defender in the trademark style of his illustrious predecessors Maldini, Costacurta, and Nesta.

Earlier in the summer, it was claimed United were keen on Leonardo Bonucci, Romagnoli’s more experienced partner at the heart of the Milan defence.

The 23-year-old began his career with Roma and after spending a season on loan at Sampdoria, moved to the San Siro in 2015. Since then, he has racked up 111 appearances for the Rossoneri across all competitions, including nine in last season’s Europa League where Milan reached the Round of Sixteen before losing to Arsenal.