Jose Mourinho has reportedly identified his prime defensive target this summer, with Manchester United submitting an opening offer for Alessio Romagnoli, claim reports in Italy.
Italian newspaper il Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mourinho wants the power Italy defender to join the club this summer and has set aside a large chunk of his summer transfer kitty to ensure efforts to sign the Milan star are successful.
Romagnoli only signed a new and improved deal to stay at the San Siro earlier this summer, but the Italian outlet in question believes United still have a good chance to lure him away given the club’s need to balance the books and in response to their Financial Fair Play sanctions.
This means one of either Romagnoli or Leonardo Bonucci could be forced to move on this summer and United have also been linked with the latter, as per The Express.
There is a big age difference between the pair, although there is no denying that Bonucci is from grades much higher on the defensive scale.
Regarding Romagnoli though, the approach apparently includes bonuses for €5 million, taking the package to £50 million. They believe United could go as high as £65 million to land what they claim is Mourinho’s no.1 target.