Newcastle United have made a proposal to sign AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, who is likely to leave San Siro in the summer.

According to Calciomercato, Newcastle United are among the clubs interested in the services of Alessio Romagnoli. The AC Milan defender is likely to leave San Siro at the end of the season, with his current deal expiring in the summer.

It is becoming seemingly difficult for Milan to convince the defender to remain at San Siro, especially with Newcastle and several other Premier League clubs waiting in the wings. The report does state it is Lazio who are leading the chase, but NUFC could potentially bag his services if they can step up their pursuit.

Formerly of AS Roma, Romagnoli has been with Milan since 2015. During his time at the club, he has made over 200 competitive appearances, even captaining the side for a while. He has made a solid reputation for being a leader at the back, with a no-nonsense defensive attitude.

Romagnoli’s player profile fits the bill perfectly for Newcastle United, who are in search of reliable defensive leaders who can prove to be the face of the Magpies defence in the years to come. The Italian, with his vast experience at the highest level of football, coupled with his mentality and aggression, fits the bill well.

On his way to Barcelona? (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

On his way to Newcastle? (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Although the AC Milan star is likely being considered as a potential alternative to top target Sven Botman, there is no one doubting his ability to thrive in a physical league such as the Premier League.

However, it remains to be seen if the Magpies can fend off competition from Lazio in the race to sign the 27-year-old this summer. Coached by Maurizio Sarri, Romagnoli would be certainly open to a return to Rome, though not necessarily in the colours of his former club, AS Roma.

As for Milan, they have already prepared their life without Romagnoli. In an attempt to replace the Italian international, the Rossoneri have been curiously linked with a move for Newcastle United star Fabian Schar, although the Serie A giants are also in contention to sign Botman this coming summer.

Many sources even label AC Milan as the frontrunner in the race to sign Botman, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Dutchman, whose potential exit from LOSC Lille could trigger a transfer carousel in Europe this summer. For now, though, Newcastle are keeping their options open and have launched an approach to lure Romagnoli to St James’ Park in the summer.

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