It’s been an eventful season for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, and supporters inside the Football Transfer Tavern are interested to hear the latest twist, courtesy of Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
Newly promoted French club Monaco are reportedly keen to sign the defender, after being rebuffed in an attempt to sign Vincent Kompany from Manchester City.
The French side are in the process of an ambitious summer recruitment process, backed by billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.
They have had a massive £51.3 million offer accepted for Radamel Falcao, and have already signed Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for a combined fee of £60 million.
Twenty-nine-year-old Ivanovic is reportedly next on their list, having being personally recommended by former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri, the man now in the Monaco hotseat.
Ivanovic, who scored the winning goal for Chelsea in the Europa League final, is not for sale according to Chelsea representatives, although it is thought Monaco are preparing a stunning £25 million bid for the Serb.
Incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to keep hold of the defender, who he previously tried to sign for Real Madrid.
Mourinho is hoping to bring Raphael Varane with him to Stamford Bridge from Real, but may have to sacrifice a defender in order to do this.
David Luiz could be that man, as the Brazilian is attracting strong interest from Barcelona.
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