Manchester United have suffered a setback in their bid to sign AC Milan central defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport via the Manchester Evening News.
The report says that Jose Mourinho elected not to bid for Romagnoli’s team-mate Leonardo Bonucci, and focused on bringing the 23-year-old to Old Trafford to bolster his backline ahead of a renewed persuit of Manchester City in the Premier League title race next season.
They say that the initial United offer of 45 million euros plus an additional 5 million in add-ons has been knocked back and deemed an unfair price.
However, they claim that Milan are willing to sell the defender if United can match the valuation – as yet unknown – they have set for the defender.
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Maguire would be a better alternative
After a strong campaign in his first year at Leicester City, Harry Maguire was still perceived as a defender who was robust but lacking the finesse to succeed at an elite club where the emphasis is on class on the ball as well as solidity.
The Englishman has been doing all he can out in Russia at this summer’s World Cup to change that perception. He has strode out from defence with the ball, sparking countless Three Lions attacks with his poise and passing.
On top of that, he has offered a threat at set-pieces that Mourinho would surely love. He is valued at just £22.5m by Transfermarkt, but that price will only increase if he wakes up on 16 July as a World Cup winner…