Alessio Romagnoli ([aˈlessjo romanˈnoːli]; born 12 January 1995) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Milan.
A youth product of Roma, Romagnoli was surprisingly included despite his 17 years of age by new head coach Zdenek Zeman in the first team squad, joining the pre-season camp and being regularly called up as a reserve for the league games. Romagnoli made his senior debut on 11 December 2012 against Atalanta, playing the full game as a starter. He then made his Serie A debut twelve days later, as a substitute in the final minutes of a league game against Milan. He scored his first goal in Serie A on 3 March 2013 against Genoa.
He found more first team opportunities in the second half of the 2013-14 season under new manager Rudi Garcia both at full back and in the centre of defence. On 31 May 2014 Romagnoli, signed a new four-year contract with Roma.
On 1 September 2014, Romagnoli joined Sampdoria on a season long loan for €500,000, with a option to purchase for €2 million, as well as a counter-option of €750,000. Romagnoli made his Sampdoria debut as a late substitute in the 2-0 victory against Torino on 14 September. He scored his first goal for Sampdoria on 24 September 2014 in a 2-1 defeat of Chievo. In June 2015 Roma activated the counter-option, which the deal had also cost Roma an additional €550,000 as agent fee, making the return of Romagnoli cost €1.3 million (or €800,000 in net deducting the loan revenue).
On 11 August 2015 he was sold to Milan for a fee of €25 million, signing a five-year contract. Roma also eligible to 30% of the value adding if the player was subsequent sold for a fee above €25 million.
Romagnoli made his official Milan debut on the 18th of August, 2015, in the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, playing the full 90 minutes and keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 with over A.C. Perugia Calcio. Six days later, the young central defender then made his first appearance in the league with his new club, as Milan lost 2-0 to ACF Fiorentina. Romagnoli was sent off for the first time in his Milan career on the 27th of September, 2015, after receiving two bookable offences in the first half in a 1-0 loss to Genoa CFC at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Romagnoli has represented Italy on multiple occasions at Under-16, Under-17 & Under-19 level. He made his first appearance for the Italy Under-21 team against Northern Ireland on 5 March 2014, playing the full 90 minutes.
With the Italy U-21 he took part at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
An elegant, versatile, composed and gifted left-footed centre-back, with good technique and confident ball-playing ability, Romagnoli is also capable of functioning as a left-sided full-back, and his precocious displays have drawn comparisons with legendary Italian defender Alessandro Nesta.As of 6 December 2015