Chelsea Close In On Inter Milan Defender Who is Set to Hand In Transfer Request

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Stamford Bridge side given fresh hope in pursuit of San Siro defender.

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Chelsea target Andrea Ranocchia is ready to hand in a transfer request to his club Inter Milan according to the Daily Express.

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Jose Mourinho is keen for a new challenge having fallen down the San Siro pecking order under new boss Walter Mazzarri, having been left on the bench in recent Serie A clashes and a move to Stamford Bridge may interest the 25 year old Italian international.

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Inter Milan are apparently set to conduct a major squad overhaul since coming under new management and Ranocchia may be sold to help balance the books either in January or perhaps more likely at the end of the season.

Though Mourinho can call upon a number of central defensive options veteran John Terry is clearly in the latter stages of his career, David Luiz is pretty much now a bit-part player and Branislav Ivanovic is chiefly used at right-back.

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