Premier League champions Manchester United are preparing a surprise move to sign Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia in the summer.

David Moyes will take the helm at Old Trafford replacing their legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and talkSPORT believes the Scot has now set his eyes on landing the Italian international in the upcoming transfer window.

Andrea Ranocchia

The 25-year-old has been a key figure in Inter's back four, making 32 Serie A appearances and scoring two goals in the meantime. Moyes now wants Ranocchia at Old Trafford as a long term replacement for United veteran Rio Ferdinand. The Italian outfit are weighing up their options and are believed to receive bids for the services of their defender.

Meanwhile, the English champions are likely to face competition to land the central defender as Tutto Mercato Web claims Italian league winner Juventus are also keen on signing the defender. The Turin club's manager Antonio Conte has long been an admirer of Ranocchia and is considering a €15m (£12.8m) bid to sign him in the summer.

However, any move from United and Juventus for Ranocchia's signature will not be an easy task as the player earlier admitted to continue his services with his current employers. However, the situation could change if the rival club could make a substantial offer which could be hard for Inter to resist.

"Future? I never thought to go away, I came to the team mid-bass and even last year I played a little hurt and I always thought to stay and finish my career here." Ranocchia said.

United Star Disappointed With Goals Tally

Danny Welbeck

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck has expressed his sadness for not finding the back of the net on regular basis. The England international has managed two goals in 40 appearances in all competitions.

"This season has been the most number of matches I have played and my performances have been a lot more consistent but the goals return has not been good at all. "I do feel if I can get a better goals return I will be flying. I want to be up front and scoring goals. If I am playing on the wings I still want to score more goals but preferably I will be up front and scoring goals there," Welbeck explained.