Chelsea are looking to steal a march on Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham in their pursuit of Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.

Ranocchia has seen first-team opportunities at the San Siro limited under manager Walter Mazzarri and Inter are ready to cash in on the Italian international in the upcoming January transfer window.

According to reports in Italy, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to tempt Ranocchia, 25, to Stamford Bridge as he prepares for the exit of David Luiz.

Mourinho is willing to let the Brazilian international leave the club with Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino eager to conclude deal to bring his long-term target to the Camp Nou.