AC Milan have rejected Manchester United’s bid for Alessio Romagnoli, according to reports.
United offer the Serie A side £44million for the defender, £39m upfront with another £5m in add-ons.
Corriere dello Sport claim the deal was rejected out of hand by Milan’s top brass who have come under pressure to generate funds after a huge outlay on players last summer.
Romagnoli was attracting interest from Chelsea when Antonio Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge two years ago.
But the Blues failed to get their man and brought David Luiz back to London instead.
The defender signed a new four-year contract at the San Siro last month, but that has not stopped Jose Mourinho making a tilt at the talented defender.
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United have been given encouragement the Italians are prepared to do business at the right price.
Calciomercato report Milan would seriously consider a second bid from the Premier League side with no player unsellable this summer.
Mourinho is looking to add another central defender with Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly out injured for a large part of last season.
Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld is high on Mourinho’s shopping list after talks with the North London side about a contract extension have broken down.
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