As transfer frenzy begins to build while we count down the days to January there are a number of players that could well be on their way to our shores. One player highly thought of and sought after is Bari defender Andrea Ranocchia, who is one of the hottest defensive prospects currently plying his trade in Europe.
The 21 year-old, Italy under 21 international has been in superb form for the newly promoted side as they surged up the Serie A table. Currently on loan from Genoa he is rated as one of the best up and coming defenders in Serie A.
This season Bari have only conceded 15 goals, one more than Champions, table toppers and unanimously the best team in Italy, Inter Milan. That means they have a better backline record than heavyweights such as, AC Milan, Juventus, AS Roma and Fiorentina. This is in part down to the brilliant performances Ranocchia has produced this season.
Starting his career at Arezzo, Genoa quickly snapped up this talented player in the summer of 2008, and loaning him to Bari last year while they were in Serie B. Here he further developed his talents and was a key component as Bari were promoted as Champions.
His timing of a tackle and reading of the game have gained the interest of the big clubs in England, even though he has recently signed a contract extension to 2013 with Genoa, the £12 million price tag may seem value for money considering his ability to score goals as well as stopping them.
In particular, Manchester United see him as the perfect antidote to relieve the issues they have with the back-line at the moment.
So you could be seeing this talented Italian up close very soon.
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