Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur face competition from Napoli in the race to sign Italian centre back Andrea Ranocchia.
The Daily Express claims the Serie ‘A’ outfit are the latest club to show an interest in the 25-year-old, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past.
Napoli have ‘tabled an £8.6million bid’, the report claims, with Zenit St Petersburg also keeping a close eye on the Inter Milan star.
The increased interest will force Manchester United manager David Moyes into a decision over the player, with the Scot in need of a defender this summer.
Ezequiel Garay has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford, as the Red Devils consider their options for the new season.
Nemanja Vidic, club captain at Manchester United, has missed the pre-season tour of Asia, and his growing injury record is sure to be a concern for Moyes.
Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, are looking to strengthen ahead of a crack at the Premier League’s top four.
Andre Villas-Boas currently has Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Steven Caulker and Jan Vertonghen at his disposal at White Hart Lane, whilst veteran William Gallas left Spurs earlier in the summer.
Ranocchia, a 10-cap international with the Azzurri, would add some serious competition to the Tottenham Hotspur backline, but it’s far from certain that the north London outfit will be able to land the player.