Chelsea line up Alessio Romagnoli free transfer as they target AC Milan captain amid defender exodus

CHELSEA are eyeing up a move for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to reports.

The Blues are aiming to bolster their defence this summer amid what is set to be a Stamford Bridge exodus.

Antonio Rudiger will move to Real Madrid on a free transfer, while Andreas Christensen is heading to Barcelona.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could also join Barca, with their contracts set to expire.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are chasing a free transfer of their own.

Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli is up for grabs this summer, with his San Siro contract running down

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Chelsea will have to compete for his signature, however.

LaLiga giants Barcelona and Sevilla are interested in making a move for the Italian.

While German sides Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also believed to be keen.

Romagnoli has endured an injury-hit season – starting only 16 games in Serie A.

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While fit again he has been kept on the bench in recent weeks, ironically by former Chelsea ace Fikayo Tomori.

Romagnoli is a left-footed centre-back which will appeal to the Blues.

In addition to the 27-year-old, Chelsea are set to target Jules Kounde this summer.

Thomas Tuchel's side tried to sign the Frenchman last year, only for the LaLiga club to dig their heels in.

They may have more joy this summer, with Sevilla looking at Romagnoli as a potential replacement.

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Chelsea could also promote Levi Colwill to the first-team squad.

The 19-year-old has been immense for Huddersfield this season, and is set to play in the Championship play-off final.

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