By Jack Malone

Chelsea are to revive their interest in AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli after they saw bids for the centre-half fail over the summer, according to The Sun.

The Blues were not prepared to meet the Italian giants’ £49 million asking price in the last transfer window, but a mixed start to the season has seen their defensive credentials called into question and manager Antonio Conte may look to strengthen sooner rather than later.

After having approaches for the 21-year-old turned down, Chelsea eventually re-signed David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day.

However, it was widely speculated that the Brazilian was not Conte’s first-choice signing.

Luiz has not made the most solid of starts to the second chapter of his Chelsea career and that, coupled with Gary Cahill’s loss of form, appears to have convinced the Blues boss to return for Romagnoli.

The Italian has been capped twice by his country and made his debut in the recent 1-1 draw with Spain, drawing plaudits for his composed performance.

He has been instrumental for Milan since his arrival from Roma in 2015, but with the club finishing seventh last season and already five points off the pace in this campaign, Romagnoli may decide to leave for pastures new.

Rossoneri coach Vincenzo Montella is desperate to keep hold of his young star as he looks to build a side capable of challenging Juventus’ Serie A dominance, meaning Chelsea must be prepared to pay top dollar to prise him away from the San Siro.

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