Milan Star Defender Remains Concrete Target for Lazio

Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli could join Lazio as a free agent at the end of the season. The defender’s extension talks with the San Siro outfit are on the verge of collapsing as the Rossoneri look to get rid of Mino Raiola’s clients. 

Romagnoli joined Milan from Roma in 2015, carrying a reputation as one of the finest defensive talents in Serie A. He has developed into a top-class centre-back in Lombardy, earning the captain’s armband for his merits. 

However, things are not going well for the 27-year-old, who has been relegated to playing second fiddle to Fikayo Tomori and rising star Pierre Kalulu. With his game time severely restricted this season, Romagnoli is contemplating his future at San Siro.

The highly-rated defender has a few months remaining on his current contract. Since there’s been no breakthrough in extension talks, Romagnoli looks set to sever ties with Milan after seven years. Several clubs are following his contractual situation, including Lazio.

According to Il Messaggero (via MilanNews), the Biancocelesti harbour a genuine interest in the ex-Roma starlet. Lazio will face a defensive exodus in the upcoming transfer window. 

Luiz Felipe and Patric have refused to pledge their futures to the Stadio Olimpico. Both players are well in the final year of their contracts in the nation’s capital. While the latter has not generated plenty of interest, the former could be swapping Serie A for La Liga in the summer. 

Felipe’s rumoured switch to Real Betis would open space for Romagnoli, who is seeking regular first-team action. Even though a move to Lazio could be deemed a step down for the defender’s career, the opportunity to play in continuity may sway him into accepting the deal.

Milan are already on the lookout for a new defender, with Lille’s Sven Botman emerging as their top priority.