Media Watch: Alessio Romagnoli identified as a Chelsea transfer target, Torino want Ola Aina permanently, Willian just trying to be polite

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Chelsea are linked with a move for AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli, Torino are keen to sign Ola Aina on a permanent basis and Willian on sharing a laugh with Pep Guardiola after the Carabao Cup final.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Romagnoli linked with the Blues

The Sun reports that Chelsea are looking to battle Juventus and Manchester United for AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli.

The 24-year-old Italy international defender has been linked in the past with the Blues and it is suggested that the club will make another approach in the summer for the centre-back, who is valued at £60 million.

Named AC Milan’s club captain at the start of this season, Romagnoli has impressed in the role and justified his appointment by manager Gennaro Gattuso.

‘He is now empowered, has great room for improvement. He can be a player who can write important pages with this shirt,’ said Gattuso.

‘In the last year and a half he has found the key inside his head, he is taking better care, he does things with criteria.’

Torino keen to keep Aina

Ola Aina’s impressive form on loan at Torino could see him complete a permanent move to the Serie A club in the summer

Citing a report in Italian sports paper Tuttosport, Football Italia indicates that the Turin side could take up a purchase option on the Nigeria international wing-back, who joined them at the start of this season after spending last season on loan at Hull City

The 22-year-old has been a regular in Torino’s line-up this season, playing in 22 of their 25 league games to date.

Willian just trying to be polite

Willian has told fans that he was only trying to be polite after he was seen sharing a laugh with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after our Carabao Cup final loss on Sunday, reports Fox Sports Asia.

Posting on Instagram after the game, Willian stated: ‘I’m very sad because we didn’t win the EFL Cup title, which was our main objective today, but we gave 100% until the end and we left with our heads up. Let’s keep working, because there are more goals until the end of the season.’

In reply, one fan quizzed the winger about why he was seen sharing a laugh with Guardiola after the match.

The Brazilian responded, saying, ‘I just tried to be polite with him, as I try to be with all who talk to me.’

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