Chelsea are considering a January move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, according to reports from The Mirror.

Blues chief Jose Mourinho is thought to have lost patience with David Luiz and could opt to cut the Brazilian international loose in the New Year.

If he does allow the unorthodox samba star to leave, ‘The Special One’ is keen to have a replacement lined up, and he sees Ranocchia as the ideal candidate to step into the London club’s backline.

The 6ft. 5” centre-back has the physicality to succeed in the Premier League and has been lauded for his reading of the game and all-round defensive abilities in Serie A.

He could be used as a long-term replacement for John Terry, with the Stamford Bridge idol now entering the closing years of his illustrious career.

Meanwhile, Chelsea face a battle to keep Thibaut Courtois at the club.

The Belgian goalkeeper – currently on loan at Atletico Madrid – is believed to be seeking assurances about his future, with Petr Cech’s presence a worry.

The 21-year-old is wanted by Barcelona, and is thought of as one of European football’s top emerging stoppers.

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