There are some intriguing reports in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening.
The Daily Star suggests that Chelsea are the new favourites to sign Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia in January ahead of other Premier League suitors.
It has been notable in recent weeks that Chelsea have looked far from solid in defence and their defeat in extra-time to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup has now reportedly caused Jose Mourinho to look at other options with Ranocchia on the agenda.
The 25-year-old centre-back has struggled for game time at the San Siro this season and it is thought that the Serie A club could be willing to sell the towering defender as Mourinho eyes a busy transfer window.
Inter’s reported interest in Brazilian defender David Luiz could put the Blues at the head of the race for the impressive Italian international, with a potential swap deal being mentioned in the tavern.
However Ranocchia himself has recently played down any possibility of leaving Inter: “Many silly things have been written about me, that I am unhappy and I want to leave.
“I am just thinking about this shirt and paying back the fans for the affection they have for me.”
Despite this, he is yet to agree a new contract with the Serie A giants, which has understandably alerted the attention of other Premier League with Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United all mooted. However today’s reports indicate that the Blues are now the clear favourites to sign the Italian.
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