AC Milan look set to be handed a major boost with the news that club captain Alessio Romagnoli is likely to sign a new deal at San Siro.
The 25-year-old has been a reliable figure in Milan's defence for the past five years, making close to 200 appearances in all competitions after joining from Serie A rivals Roma.
Romagnoli's impressive performances have not unnoticed, though, with reports back in April suggesting Lazio - who have mounted a surprise title challenge this season - and La Liga giants Barcelona would do battle to sign him this summer.
But Calciomercato have revealed that despite Romagnoli being 'fond' of Lazio and several Spanish clubs, the centre-back is keen to sign a new deal at Milan - and wants to remain at the club while captaining back to the top of Serie A.
Romagnoli's form has been a rare bright spark for Milan during what is undoubtedly one of the club's worst stretches in recent history. The seven-time Champions League winners have failed to qualify for the illustrious competition since 2013 and haven't challenged for Serie A honours since 2012.
Despite lofty expectations heading into the current season, Milan have struggled throughout the year and find themselves seventh, just two points ahead of tenth place Bologna - clinging on to the final Europa League qualification spot.
Big names like Suso and Andre Silva have been shipped out on loan amid the club's poor form, but Milan are keen for Romagnoli to commit his future to the side.
With his current deal running until summer 2022, there is no immediate urgency to get the deal done right now. But Milan can relax, a little at least, knowing their club captain is willing to commit his future.
Unless there's any unexpected twists in the near future, the deal will most likely be completed by the end of the current calendar year - unless one of the aforementioned parties pile on the pressure by making a bid.