Transfer news: Chelsea look to pip Arsenal and Manchester United to Andrea Ranocchia signing

Stamford Bridge outfit could take Italian international away from the San Siro
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Chelsea are looking to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United to the signature of Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, according to reports.

The Italian international has had limited first-team opportunities at the San Siro under manager Walter Mazzarri and the Milan club are prepared to cash in on the defender this January.

According to reports in Italian media, Jose Mourinho hopes to lure the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for David Luiz who could be nearing a move to long-time admirers Barcelona.

The Brazilian international is an ongoing target of the Catalan club and it appears Mourinho may ultimately let him leave.

Although Ranocchia has pledged his loyalty to Inter, he is yet to sign a new contract, much to the apparent chagrin of his club's hierarchy.

Spurs, Man United and Arsenal are all also said to be interested in the towering defender, but with Inter also keen on Luiz, Chelsea appear to hold a trump card.

With both Ranocchia and Luiz looking to get regular first team football to secure their World Cup places, a swap deal could prove beneficial for all concerned.