Arsenal back in race to sign highly-rated defender after AC Milan talks break down

Arsenal have found themselves back in the race to sign Roma defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to the Daily Express.

The Express report that the 20-year-old had been expected to complete a move to AC Milan this summer, but the deal appears to have hit a stumbling block, supposedly giving Arsene Wenger the chance to swoop in.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Italy under-21 international, but have so far been put off making a bid by Roma’s staggering £25m asking price, the Express suggest. However, now they may have been given a second opportunity, Wenger may reconsider his stance.

The Express claim that the north London side want to sign a defender during this window, and with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker set to continue their established partnership heading into the new season – if their appearances in the Community Shield are anything to go by – Wenger may be looking for potential, rather than a player expecting to start instantly.

While Romagnoli enjoyed a solid campaign last year while on loan with Sampdoria, he is not quite the finished article. However, he would have a fantastic chance to deliver on his potential should he end up working with a World Cup winner in Mertesacker and one of the Premier League’s most consistent defenders in Koscielny.

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