Branislav Ivanovic's contract talks with Chelsea have stalled, according to the Daily Mail.
The report has suggested, however, that Blues boss Jose Mourinho is determined to keep hold of the Serbian international, despite rumours linking him with a summer switch to Arsenal. Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new centre-back, with club captain Thomas Vermaelen the subject of interest from Manchester United.
United and Arsenal are yet to agree a deal for Vermaelen, but it appears that Wenger has identified Ivanovic as the man he wants to replace him.
Reports have indicated that Arsenal want to bring the 30-year-old to the Emirates for £8 million, however it appears that they will have to almost double their offer in order to land him. Despite the Blues being reluctant to sell, it appears the club value him at around £15m.
It remains to be seen as to whether Ivanovic's wage demands put the Gunners chief off from bringing him to north London. Suggestions have been made that Arsenal will have to pay the defender around £150,000 a week.
With the potential fee and wages, any deal to bring Ivanovic to the Emirates would certainly prove a costly one for Wenger and Co. With the player also entering the latter stages of his career, it's uncertain as to whether the Gunners will move ahead with a move for him.
ARSENAL IN NEED
The Blues man would certainly improve the Gunners, however. As mentioned, centre-back Vermaelen could be on his way out, whilst right-back Bacary Sagna has already departed the Emirates for Manchester City.
A right-back appears to be a priority for the Arsenal chief in this transfer window, with Ivanovic one of the most experienced Premier League stars in that position. He'd add valuable leadership to the Gunners' back-line and could excel alongside the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
The Blues have already lost a number of experienced players in this transfer window. Experienced duo Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have left the club, after not being handed new deals with the club.
David Luiz, meanwhile, has also left the Bridge in favour of a move to French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain. It's not yet known as to whether the Blues boss will sanction the sales of any more of his players in this transfer window.
IVANOVIC AT CHELSEA
Mourinho is seemingly determined to keep Ivanovic at Chelsea. He's enjoyed a fine stint at the club and his versatilely has proved key for the club in recent time.
The Blues could yet land a new left-back this summer, meaning Ivanovic may have to compete with Cesar Azpilicueta for the club's right-back position. The 30-year-old could also step in for defensive duo John Terry and Gary Cahill in the 2014/15 campaign.News Now - Sport News