Rumour Check: Antonio Conte Targeting Towering Defender to Replace John Terry

Original source: Daily Star
Published by: Metro, Football Italia, Caught Offside
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Contract until: June 2019

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are considering summer move for former Inter Milan captain Andrea Ranocchia. The 28-year-old was signed by Internazionale in 2010 for reported fee of €19m, but is currently out on loan at Serie A side Sampdoria, where he has made 19 appearances. Antonio Conte, who is said to be Ranocchia’s admirer, is widely expected to join Roman Abramovich’s club as he promised to quit the Italy job after Euro 2016.

During January transfer window former Genoa-man was heavily linked with Liverpool move, the Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb reported that Ranocchia had verbally agreed to join the Reds, but Jurgen Klopp seems to cooled down the interest after signing Joel Matip from Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

  • Ranocchia isn’t Conte’s first choice at Italy national team even in Giorgio Chiellini’s absence, so why will the 46-year-old tactician sign a player he don’t trust?
  • It’s a fact that Inter refused to having Ranocchia in the squad, as they have sent 6ft5 defender out on loan to the domestic rivals and appointed Argentine striker Mauro Icardi as a captain.
  • The towering centre-back is often struggling due to injuries and made just 166 appearances for Inter during his six years at San Siro. While, Chelsea’s Garry Cahill, who also often has fitness problems and lost his place in starting line-up, has made 190 appearances in four seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Considering these facts, Gib Football Show concludes that the rumours claiming ‘Antonio Conte Targeting Towering Defender to Replace John Terry ’ are ‘false’. false

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