Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia has reportedly agreed on a move to Liverpool, with the two clubs now needing to negotiate a fee for him.
The 27-year-old defender has now become out of favour at San Siro with Inter manager Roberto Mancini losing faith in him, the fact that he led the team last year now seems a distant past. He also has been given the permission to search for a new club as soon as possible.
However, Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Norwich City has also jumped into the race with an audacious offer for the Italian, but it is suggested that Ranocchia has no interest to join a team of Norwich’s stature.
However, according to a report from TuttoMercato, Liverpool manager Klopp who is in desperate need to reinforce his depleted defence, have showed a lot of interest for the defender and Anfield hierarchy are expected to spend the next two to three days to try and negotiate a fee.
However, the 6ft 5in defender has reportedly agreed on terms with the Merseyside club, only leaving a simple case of the two clubs agreeing on a fee for Ranocchia.
With Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez, Jon Flanagan and Dejan Lovren all out with injury, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suddenly has a huge defensive crisis and will be looking to succeed a deal for the veteran Italian defender quickly.
Another interesting point which can make the deal a success for Liverpool is that as Inter Milan are not in the Europa League this season, when the registration window reopens, Ranocchia can be incorporated in the 25 man list.
Liverpool are currently sitting eighth in Premier League standings, just three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and six points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham as they seek European football for next term.
Klopp and his boys already have one foot in a Wembley final following their 1-0 win against Stoke City in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg away from home, snatching the most important away goal.
The German boss already admitted he will be forced to enter the January transfer market in search of defensive reinforcements after the recent injury setbacks to Coutinho and Lovren in the Stoke match.