Moyes Looks To Strengthen Defence With Inter Milan Centre-Back. Transfer Scouting Report

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According to TalkSPORT, David Moyes wants to make Inter Milan’s centre half Andrea Ranocchia his first signing at Manchester United as he looks to strengthen the Red Devils’ defence. The 25-year-old Italian is believed to be seen as the long-term successor to 34-year-old Rio Ferdinand who is nearing the end of his career. Ranocchia is believed to have caught Moyes’ eye despite Inter enduring a nightmare campaign as an unprecedented amount of injuries caused them to drop to a final position of ninth in Serie A.

But Ranocchia was the cornerstone of their defence throughout the season as he clocked up a Squawka performance score of 1076; a mighty 696 more than Inter’s next best centre back Juan Jesus. He has been Inter’s stand-out centre half this season by quite some distance and without him they would have struggled massively.

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With an average of 11 defensive actions per game, Ranocchia has shown what a dominant presence he is at the heart of the back four. This is further proved by his duel successes, winning 65% of his 117 tackles and 70% of his 158 headers. He has also proved he is more than capable when he has the ball at his feet too as he has won 81% of his take ons and completed 88% of his passes.

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However, his discipline has been a slight issue this season as he has reached double figures in terms of yellow cards and was only second to Juan Jesus in terms of discipline at the San Siro.

Despite Inter’s obvious defensive frailties under Andrea Stramaccioni, Ranocchia has still managed to impress. However, it would be difficult to imagine him getting regular games at Old Trafford as United already have five first-team centre backs with three of them being aged 25 or under. With this in mind, Ranocchia may be better off staying with Inter or waiting for another offer to come in for him. As for Moyes and United, they would be better off strengthening other areas of the team as they look to have the centre back positions sorted for the next few years.

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Tim Simon
Tim Simon
Tim is a freelance football writer from Manchester who currently writes for Squawka and FourFourTwo whilst also gathering football statistics for Opta Sports. He's a long time football fan, who loves nothing more than a technically gifted left-footed play-maker.
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