Chelsea lead Premier League rivals for Serie A star

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Chelsea are leading the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.

According to The Express, reports in Italy claim Jose Mourinho's scouts have been impressed with the 25-year-old and sees him as a possible replacement for David Luiz.

It also claims Chelsea have managed to position themselves ahead of the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs, making it a four-way transfer tussle.

The Premier League champions have had an up and down start to David Moyes' reign, with central defence seen by many as one of the areas that could need improvement. 

Meanwhile, north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are both on the lookout for January additions. Arsene Wenger doesn't have extensive options at centre-back and is expected to dip into his transfer kitty once the transfer window reopens.

However, any transfer plans at White Hart Lane may have to be put on hold for a moment as Andre Villas-Boas' future as Spurs manager has been brought into doubt after the humiliating 5-0 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday evening.

Ranocchia is a tall, imposing centre-back that could bring some authority to any of the mentioned defences, but the Express report claims that Inter boss Walter Mazzarri is ready to cash in on one him.

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