Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton have been joined by Sporting Lisbon in the race to land Andrea Ranocchia, report the Daily Star.
The Inter Milan star only penned a new four-year deal at the San Siro this summer, but has been on the fringes of Roberto Mancini’s side this season.
Despite taking over from club legend Javier Zanetti as captain, the 27-year old has only once completed 90 minutes this term as the Nerazzurri invested heavily in the likes of Miranda and Jeison Murillo in the transfer market.
With Euro 2016 on the horizon, the former Genoa man could leave Milan in order to force his way into the Italian squad for next summer’s tournament.
Reports suggest that the Portuguese giants have added to the list of suitors for the commanding centre-back, creating further competition for the likes of Liverpool and Everton.
La Liga club Sevilla are also believed to be interested in the player, who has 20 caps at international level.