Alessio Romagnoli turned down Premier League offers to join Lazio

Alessio Romagnoli has turned down offers from Premier League clubs to join SS Lazio as a free agent this summer, 90 minutes understand.

The former AC Milan captain became a free agent in June after his contract at San Siro expired, ending a seven-year spell at the club. Romagnoli won his maiden Serie A title at Milan last season but played a minor role in the 2021/22 season, making 16 league starts.

The 27-year-old, who started his career at AS Roma, officially joined Lazio on Tuesday, signing a five-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

Speaking after the announcement, Romagnoli said: “The first Serie A game I saw was a Lazio game. [Sven-Goran] Eriksson’s Lazio.

“I always saw Nesta as a captain. I had his poster too. He was the strongest of them all in my opinion, no one will ever be like him.

“I’m a Lazio fan, I’ve never hidden it and I think it’s also fair to say it because there’s no problem.”

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90 minutes understands the centre-back has received offers from a number of Premier League clubs, including newly-promoted Fulham, but has instead opted to join Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio.

Le Aquile finished fifth in their debut season under Sarri, missing out on Champions League football by six points. Romagnoli is the club’s sixth signing this summer so far, as the club look to improve on last season’s performance and return to Europe’s elite cup competition.

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