Dortmund linked with €19m Chelsea touted target

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly in talks to take on Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia.

The central defender hasn’t fared as well as hoped under new Nerazzurri boss Walter Mazzarri – moving in and out of the starting eleven with 14 appearances to his name.

Ranocchia had been heavily linked with a Premier League switch in the build up to the January transfer window – with Tottenham and Manchester United each mentioned.

The latest reports have suggested that Chelsea are on the trail of the Italy international – whilst Galatasaray are believed to have sent scouts to view him live at the weekend.

Yet it’s the German giants who have emerged as prime suitors – according to Italian sources – looking for cover in a central defence corps that has been hit hard by injuries.

TuttoMercatoWeb have maintained that Ranocchia gave the go-ahead for negotiations with Dortmund on Wednesday, with some progress already made.

Die Schwazgelben are understood to have offered €7m for the 25-year-old, though Inter are keen to come away with €15m - or €13m at least.

Ranocchia’s contract at San Siro expires in June 2015, giving the Westfalenstadion outfit the upper hand in talks – an advantage that could see the Nerazzurri eventually accept as little as €10m for their man.

Inter invested a total of €19m in the defender to take full ownership of his rights from Genoa in 2010 – so would be accepting a deficit in investment in selling him on at a significantly lower price.

Yet the Nerazzurri are known to have to sell to buy this January if new acquisitions are to be brought in – with a particular possibility that Ranocchia’s sale will be used to fund a move for Lazio playmaker Hernanes.

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