Chelsea in for Ranocchia, but what about David Luiz?
It has been suggested that the Portuguese is not a fan of the swashbuckling-style employed by the former Benfica defender, and may be looking to move him on in the winter market, with Barcelona known admirers of the tousle-haired centre-back.
Indeed, Chelsea may have already lined up his replacement. Italian website, ‘gianlucadimarzio.com’ have claimed that Inter officials visited London for the Chelsea-Steaua game on Wednesday, and discussed various potential deals with Chelsea officials; with centre-back Andrea Ranocchia a main talking point.
According to the Express, the 25-year-old Italian is set to hand in a transfer request at the San Siro. The relationship between the player and Inter has reportedly deteriorated recently, culminating in the player being dropped for the Serie A game against Sampdoria last week.
The 26-year-old is a firm fans favourite at the club; with thunderbolt strikes from distance, raking balls from deep, and an obvious strength of character just some of his excellent attributes, not to mention his affable off-field personality .
But we all know that Chelsea can fall foul of his often perilous football. Ill-judged defensive movements, over-zealousness, and lapses in concentration have not gone down well with Mourinho; and this has left Luiz behind both John Terry and Gary Cahill in the pecking order at the club.
And yet, despite the negative aspects of his game, I strongly believe that if the Brazilian leaves Stamford Bridge, the team who snap him up will greatly benefit from the uniquely attacking element he brings from defence.
Ranocchia is a decent defender, and would be a more consistent, perhaps more reliable option at the back; but there really is no-one quite like David Luiz.