Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is interested in seeking a move to Bayern Munich after Pep Guardiola turned his attentions to the capture of the Serbia international.
According to reports from German publication Bild, the Bayern boss has shifted Ivanovic onto his radar after losing out in the race for FC Porto star Danilo, who is rumoured to be all but ready to put pen to paper on a contract with Real Madrid.
Having greatly impressed this season, adding a series of important goals to his resume to go along with his usual stoic defending, Ivanovic is said to have caught the attentions of Bayern, and might well take them up on their offer this summer.
The right-back’s current deal at Stamford Bridge only keeps him there until next year, meaning that unless a new contract is secured by the time the transfer window rolls around negotiations will likely start up for his sale.
At the moment the Blues have no intention of letting him go, and Jose Mourinho has made it clear with comments this season just how important Ivanovic is to his fold. Capable of performing dutifully in the heart of the defence as well as on the right-flank, the defender is one of the squad’s more senior performers, and could be vitally important when John Terry eventually steps down.
Yet having failed to grace any of Europe’s other major leagues in his career, the 31-year-old might long for a change before he thinks about hanging up his boots, and a move to the Allianz Arena wouldn’t see him take a step down with regards to his chances of winning major silverware.
In fact with Bayern arguably favourites to win the Champions League this season, and once again almost having clinched the Bundesliga title extremely early, there’s few better clubs to play for in this era, and Guardiola is every bit as qualified to handle star names as Jose Mourinho.
Should he move?
On top of that Bayern chiefs might be ready to hand Ivanovic a contract that sees his future more secure than if he stays in west London. Stamford Bridge protocol would ensure that he’s only offered a 12 month extension due to the fact that he’s over 30, and by then he probably won’t be being sought after by Europe’s finest.
Of course there is loyalty to factor in, and the fact that Ivanovic made his name at Chelsea, but even then if the Blues win the Premier League it could be the perfect way for him to leave the club whilst the going is good, and let’s face it, he probably isn’t going to improve upon his own performances in this campaign.
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