According to reports in Italy, AC Milan are keen to offer a new deal for Chelsea target Alessio Romagnoli to ward off interest from the Blues.

The 21-year old turned to be one of the key targets for Chelsea with AC Milan rejecting a £30m offer yesterday, according to London Evening Standard.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is in the market to sign a central defender before the close of the transfer window and was linked with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Nikola Maksimovic.

However, with Napoli playing hardball in the transfer of Kalidou Koulibaly despite huge interest from Chelsea, Conte is forced to look at alternatives as the Blues are out of options in defence this season.

Koulibaly is valued at a massive £60m while Torino is keen to keep hold of their star defender Maksimovic amid interest from several clubs across Europe.

Milan are keen to increase his wages heavily in an attempt to tie him to the club and ward off interest from the Blues. The Italian giants are willing to increase his wages from £25,000-a-week to £42,000-a-week.

However, the new contract will not include any extended stay as it will have the texture just like existing deal till 2020 but the new deal is set to have an option of one-year extension.

The Blues currently have John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic as their centre back options along with young Kurt Zouma. However, Conte is keen to add a quality central defender to add more depth to his defence going into the long season ahead.

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