​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.

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 Kalidou Koulibaly and Kostas Manolas of Roma, but Romagnoli certainly represents an excellent potential addition for Conte, if he can lure him away from the San Siro.