Man Utd taking close look at Inter Milan defender Ranocchia

Manchester United are being linked with Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.

Manchester United are being linked with Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.

The Daily Star says Italian media sources suggest United have been monitoring the £16m San Siro man for a while, but are now facing added competition from Juventus and Napoli.

United have been playing a patient game in the transfer window so far, bringing in right-back Guillermo Varela for a fee of around £1.5m.

And the 25-year-old's 6ft 5in stature would help the North West giants' aerial capabilities.

Tottenham boss Andrea Villas-Boas was also thought to be interested in bringing the centre-back to the Premier League but is believed to have moved on to other targets.

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