Towards the end of the transfer window, reports in Italy suggested Burnley were quite keen on Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia, and it made sense.
The Clarets currently only have three natural centre-backs at the club following the departure of Michael Keane, and while Charlie Taylor can also play there, getting a fourth in would certainly help the club’s depth chart.
Impressing during his loan spell at Hull City, the Italian defender appeared eager to return to the Premier League, but defensive shortages at the Serie A outfit meant an exit never happened.
Starting his first game of the season at the weekend following a lot of sitting on the bench and one brief sub appearance, the 29-year-old helped Inter climb to the top of the league as they beat Chievo 5-0, and Ivan Perisic scored a hat-trick.
Asked about his future at the weekend, Ranocchia said: “January window? I feel good here, If anything, my commitment will be to stay here.”
This was before the game, and after getting his first start and playing well, things won’t have changed yet will sitting on the bench really fulfil his needs?
While he might struggle to displace Ben Mee and James Tarkowski at Turf Moor, he’ll stand more of a chance than getting in ahead of Miranda and Milan Skriniar at the San Siro on a regular basis
Then again, it remains to be seen if Inter will let him go, considering how little backup they have themselves in the position.
With Miranda back next week, it’s likely back to the bench for Ranocchia.