Chelsea have struggled this season and looked a shadow of the side that stormed to the Premier League title last campaign.
The majority of the blame for their disastrous and lacklustre displays has been bestowed upon the Blues' leaky defence, who have conceded 29 goals in 20 league games.
Guus Hiddink's side may have started 2016 on a high after brushing aside Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park and claiming a rare clean sheet, but doubt remains whether their season is yet back on track.
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And at the centre of this doubt is full-back Branislav Ivanovic, who has particularly performed underwhelmingly this season and become an easy target for those who come up against the Serbian.
It appears the 31-year-old could be offered a way out, though. According to the Mirror, Serie A giants AC Milan are keen on luring Ivanovic to the San Siro this month.
The Serbia international turns 32 in February and with only six months remaining on his current deal might fancy the chance to start afresh elsewhere, especially given Chelsea's policy of only offering one-year deals to players over 30.
The west London outfit might be sceptical to offer the right-back a new deal too, given his unprecedented dip in form and with new arrivals expected over the summer.
As a result, manager Sinisa Mihajlovic appears keen to bring Ivanovic to Milan in January, aware of the fact interest will be high when the Serbian becomes a free agent in the summer.
Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan are also interested in acquiring Ivanovic and willing to offer him a lucrative two-year deal.