New Manchester United manager David Moyes is ready to make his mark on the Premier League champions’ squad by bringing in Andrea Ranocchia and Fredy Guarin from Inter Milan.
According to reports in Italian sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport Moyes is prepared to bring 25 year old defender Ranocchia and 26 year old attacking midfielder Guarin to Old Trafford as he looks to bolster his options ahead of a title defence.
The former Everton boss has highlighted defence as an area which needs cover having already brought in Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela this summer and Italian centre-back Ranocchia is being lined up as a candidate to replace Rio Ferdinand, who recently signed a one year extension, in the long term.
The 6ft 5in player has been a mainstay of Inter’s defence and has drawn interest from Serie A competitors Juventus alreday this summer with manager Andre Contre sanctioning a £13million bid for the player.
Colombian attacker Guarin has been seen as the Italian’s successor to Wesley Sneijder who United missed out on in January when the Dutch player opted for Turkish giants Galatasaray, the versatile midfielder’s importance to the team means he would command a sizeable transfer fee and Tottenham have already enquired about his availability.
Spurs moved on in their search for a midfielder and now look likely to sign Brazilian Paulinho, meaning a serious bid from United may be enough to start negotiations with the Serie A side.
Andre Villas-Boas and new Technical Director Franco Baldini have cooled their interest in the player but Inter president Massimo Moratti referenced them when mentioning the player, in a move that has been seen as a veiled invitation to suitors across Europe.”
Guarin? He is a really good player and for that reason he is liked by others. Tottenham are really interested,” he said previously.
Moyes is reported to have received a transfer kitty of £60million to stamp his name in the United team and is in late stage negotiations with Barcelona player Thiago Alcantara but with the expected departure of Nani and Anderson as well as the retirement of Paul Scholes from midfield he is likely to pursue more options in the centre of the pitch.
United owners the Glazer family are said to have been buoyed by the impact of the £27million outlay on Robin van Persie on their succussful title campaign last year and are willing to spend again this summer.