According to reports in Italy, Blues boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to bring in Ranocchia, 25, in January as he makes plans for the eventual exit of David Luiz.

Ranocchia has seen his first-team opportunities at the San Siro drop under manager Walter Mazzarri, with the club now thought to be ready to cash in on the Italian international in the upcoming winter transfer window.

The defender made his senior Italy debut in a 1-1 draw against Romania in 2010 and could feature for his country against England during the World Cup 2014, meaning any side interested would want to wrap up a deal before or risk seeing his price inflate.