Report: Centre-back said to be wanted by Conte makes decision on future 

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CalcioMercato have claimed that Alessio Romagnoli, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham over recent weeks, is ready to take a pay cut to extend his stay at AC Milan.

Duncan Castles said on the Transfer Window Podcast this week that Antonio Conte wants not one but two new central defenders in January.

Romagnoli appears to be one of the options identified by the North London club, with Conte alleged to have asked the club to complete a deal for the 26-year-old.

The centre-backs’ current deal at the San Siro runs out at the end of the season.

Multiple sources from Italy (including Daniele Longo,  Gianluca Di Marzio, and Fabrizio Romano) revealed last week that the Italy international was in talks with the Rossoneri hierarchy over a new deal.

If CalcioMercato’s latest report is to be believed, the parties have made progress in the negotiations.

The report claims that Romagnoli is close to reaching an agreement with Milan on a new contract. It is alleged that the centre-back is ready to accept a 30 per cent pay cut on his current salary.

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If Romagnoli is prepared to take a salary cut to stay at Milan, that suggests that a move away from the club does not interest the player.

The speculation linking him with Spurs could have possibly been fed to the press by the defender’s representatives to improve their bargaining position in the contract negotiations with Milan.

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