Chelsea line up potential David Luiz replacement

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Chelsea could make a January move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia if David Luiz decides to leave Stamford Bridge, reports the Daily Mirror.

Luiz's future at the Blues remains in doubt, as the Brazilian international has struggled for games this season - due to the fine form of both John Terry and Gary Cahill.

The former Benfica star has not played for Chelsea since his side's 2-0 defeat against Newcastle at the beginning of November.

Long-term admirers Barcelona are said to be keen on bringing Luiz to the Camp Nou in January - and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may decide to cash in on the 26-year-old if he can sign a suitable replacement for the defender.

Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Porto duo Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi in the last few months and Ranocchia has now reportedly joined Mourinho's January shopping list.

Italian international Ranocchia, 25, has been in fine form for Inter Milan during the first four months of the season.

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