Chelsea linked with swap deal for Italian international

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Chelsea could swap centre back David Luiz for Italian international defender Andrea Ranochia, according to reports.

The Independent claims the Blues are looking to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to the 25-year-old’s signature, as they look for a potential replacement for their mercurial Brazilian centre back.

And, the paper goes on to claim that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could actually look to swap Luiz for Ranocchia, as both players look for first team opportunities ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the former Benfica star, who moved to west London in January 2011.

The Blaugrana currently have limited options at centre back under manager Gerardo Martino, and were reportedly preparing a £29million bid to bring the player to the Nou Camp last week.

Luiz has struggled for first team opportunities at Chelsea under new boss Jose Mourinho, having been a regular under former manager Rafa Benitez.

John Terry and Gary Cahill have become the favoured pair of ‘the special one’ at Stamford Bridge, leaving Luiz on the Blues bench on several occasions this term.

And, with Ranocchia now in the Chelsea manager’s transfer sights, it could mean the end for Luiz on the King’s Road.

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