The Italian international has fallen down the pecking order at the San Siro under Walter Mazzarri and is ready to seek a transfer.

According to reports in Italy, the final straw for Ranocchia came when he was benched against Sampdoria.

Ranocchia has previously risked the wrath of Inter bosses by stalling over a new contract.

That put the 25-year-old firmly on the radar of United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs and handing in a transfer request could give the English clubs the nudge they need to formalise their interest.