AS Roma latest to be linked with Andrea Ranocchia

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AS Roma are the latest team to be linked with a January move for out-of-favour Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia.

The Italian defender has fallen down the pecking order under Roberto Mancini since the beginning of the new season, with new signing Miranda regularly taking his spot.

Ranocchia has only made five appearances so far this season under Mancini and has reportedly been told to find a new club in January.


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After failing to break into the first-team, several clubs have been linked with making formal moves for the 27-year-old, including rival teams in Italy.

AC Milan were linked with the defender a few weeks ago, but according to recent reports, Roma are the latest to join the race.

As well as teams in Serie A, a few from the Premier League have also been linked, with Newcastle United and Everton thought to be front-runners.

Both could be on the look out for replacements come January with fears that Fabricio Coloccini and John Stones could both leave their respective clubs.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Rudi Garcia's men are the latest to join the race as they have fears regarding Kostas Manolas' long-term future.

Ranocchia In/Manolas Out

The Greek defender was wanted by Arsenal during his Olympiakos days, but he eventually chose a move to Rome, and he's now reportedly being monitored by Premier League champions, Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho is desperately trying to re-invent his struggling defence, with John Stones and Marquinhos on his radar from Everton and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

However, according to reports, Manolas could be the next target on his radar after failing with several formal bids for the previous targets.

Mourinho is seemingly easing out John Terry and he's keen to find a suitable replacement, with Stones, Marquinhos and Manolas all on his list.

Reports in Italy are claiming if Manolas does leave Roma, they will then try to land Ranocchia from Inter, but as it stands, Newcastle are still favourites to sign the Italian.

The centre-back wants to complete a move in the New Year so that he can play regular first-team football and earn a spot in Italy's squad for next summer's Euros.

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