Newcastle United have been linked with a move for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli.
According to a report from TMW, the Magpies have expressed their interest in the Rossoneri centre-back in recent weeks.
Romagnoli’s contract with the club is expiring in the summer, and time is now obviously of the essence for the Italian giants.
The player remains in talks with Milan, but TMW say the possibility of the player bidding farewell at the end of the season ‘remains high’.
Supposedly, a few clubs are monitoring the situation.
Lazio appear to be showing the most interest at the moment.
But in the background, Juventus, Sevilla and Newcastle have all ‘expressed appreciation’ in recent weeks, without taking official steps.
Romagnoli has been with Milan since 2015, when he joined from AS Roma after a season on loan at Sampdoria.
The star has clocked up 246 appearances to date across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and making five assists.
Romangnoli, who has captained the club since 2018 after Leonardo Bonucci returned to Juventus, has made 25 appearances so far in 2021/22, missing a handful of games through various minor injuries, a suspension and getting Covid.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle come in with an offer for the 27-year-old, who is thought to earn about £96,000-a-week (via TMW).
There was a report earlier this week about Newcastle perhaps not having as much to spend as people might think. That could suggest officials will be open to signing free agents and players on loan.
Romagnoli would be a good pick-up on a free transfer by Newcastle
Romagnoli would be a solid addition for Newcastle, especially on a free transfer.
The star has been a great servant for Milan since his arrival, and this term he’s played a key role in helping Milan to mount a title challenge.
Milan are currently top, and it’s very possible they could end their long wait for a Scudetto come the end of the season.
Romagnoli being a captain suggests he has strong leadership qualities.
Newcastle needed to be doing their utmost to bring in such individuals.