AC Milan are set to offer centre-back Alessio Romagnoli an improved contract as the Italian club attempt to fend off interest from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
According to Calciomercato, the highly-rated centre-half is a target for Antonio Conte, who has been tracking him for a while after establishing himself as one of the finest defenders in Serie A.
However, representatives of Milan and the player will have a meeting with the view to agree on a new contract that will keep Romagnoli at the club until beyond 2020.
Romagnoli will make his 50th Serie A appearance for Milan today, while Donnarumma will make his 50th overall Milan appearance today. pic.twitter.com/OfQdpIKZ3w— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) January 8, 2017
Conte is determined to recruit a high-quality centre-half with John Terry likely to retire at the end of the season, and Romagnoli features on the Blues boss' shortlist of candidates.
Milan are believed to have rejected a £30m bid from the Premier League side for Romagnoli and are keen to hold on to the player for as long as possible, especially with the Rossoneri hoping to secure a place in the Champions League next season.
As a left-footed centre-half, Romagnoli would slot comfortably into Conte's preferred three-defender system as a centre-half of impressive speed, athleticism and reading of the game.
Romagnoli is known as one of the finest interceptors in Serie A and his excellent mobility makes it extremely difficult to dribble past him, much like Kurt Zouma.
Chelsea are also thought to be looking at other options, including Napoli's