Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is being liked with a double defensive raid in Italy.

Angelo Ogbonna and Andrea Ranocchia were both in action yesterday when Inter Milan travelled to play Torino, and the Scottish boss sent scouts to watch the duo in action, according to Italian publication TuttoSport.

24-year-old Ogbonna made his debut for Torino back in 2006, and has recently broken into the Italian national team squad. He has four-caps to his name for the Azzurri, and travelled with his country to Euro 2012.

 

The Red Devils would have to pay good money to bring the centre back to Old Trafford, however, with Torino President Urbano Cairo suggesting Ferguson would need to spend €20 million.

"The transfer market is all about comparisons. If Inter request €20m (£16m) for Ranocchia, then I say that for me Ogbonna is worth the same amount. I won't compare him to Thiago Silva, but he is an important player who has a certain value," said Cairo, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

Ogbonna is contracted to the Stadio Olimpico until 2016.

Ranocchia, who was mentioned by the Torino manager, signed for Inter Milan in January 2011, and was a regular for the remainder of that campaign. He did not feature as frequently last season.

Capped eight times by Italy, the 24-year-old centre back is highly-rated at the San Siro, and would again be an expensive addition for Manchester United should they pursue a move in January.

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