Roma eyeing Ivanovic

Chelsea and Serie A giants Roma have been linked on several occasions in recent past and here comes yet another transfer rumour. According to Corriere dello Sport (via Gazzetta World), Roma are very much interested in signing Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Roma director Walter Sabatini even paid a visit to Chelsea’s facilities last week with the main intention of having a discussion on arranging Rajda Nainggolan’s move to Chelsea, also chalking out the final details of Mohamed Salah’s transfer to Italy.

The Stamford Bridge hierarchy may try to send Branislav Ivanovic, valued at €11 million, the other way as a part of the deal to secure the service of Roma’s star performer Nainggolan.

The 27-year-old Roma star is one of the driving forces behind the Italian club’s midfield, a complete player who has an eye for goal and is a tough, dynamic player in the middle.

However, the latest speculation is that Roma may also be keen to secure a deal for one of the Blues’ long-standing veterans. Over the past few months, Ivanovic has been linked with potential transfers to other Italian outfits like Juventus and Inter Milan.

Chelsea vice-captain Ivanovic recently extended his contract for another year, until 2017, following several rumours suggesting that he wanted his new deal to run until 2018 — which would have been contrary to club’s policy.

While Ivanovic hasn’t covered himself in glory as a right-back throughout this season, he has shown off his invaluable versatility when filling in for John Terry, not just as a center back but also as a leader on the field.

While many expecting that Chelsea will make several important moves in the summer transfer market, Ivanovic may be one of the less likely players to depart.  He has had a sub-optimal season so far, but he is still one of the few leaders Chelsea have got on the team and it will be especially important if John Terry, as believed, leaves at the end of the season.

Since joining the Blues from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008 January transfer window, the Serbia international has been a role model showing great consistency but started this season in a diabolical form which further uncertain his future at Stamford Bridge.

Ivanovic has played 83 matches for his country and, before this season, was regarded as one of the best defenders currently playing in Premier League.

The senior member of the Chelsea squad has been really given a challenging time by his opponents during this term and it is understood that he is unlikely to be given another chance when the first team squad is revamped at the end of this campaign.

It is not yet clear if incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will try to keep hold of Ivanovic this summer, but many reports suggesting the 32-year-old defender may consider his options at the end of the season.