Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a £15 million bid for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic as Laurent Blanc attempts to lure the Serbia international to Parc des Princes this summer.
Fresh from dumping the Blues out of the Champions League on Wednesday night, the Ligue 1 champions are ready to inflict more misery on Jose Mourinho by stealing one of his most versatile players, according to The Express.
Ivanovic has just over one year remaining on his current Stamford Bridge contract, and discussions are already believed to be under-way with regards to an extension.
However, given the club's policy to restrict all players over the age of 30 from signing anything longer than a 12-month deal, negotiations over the proposed £90,000-a-week arrangement have reached an impasse.
Mourinho is reportedly trying to convince Chelsea chiefs to break rank and make Ivanovic a longer-term offer, to avoid the risk of losing the 31-year-old to a rival suitor.
Ivanovic has established himself as an important member of the Blues first-team squad since arriving in west London from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £10 million deal in January 2008.
He has a fantastic goalscoring record for a defender with 31 goals in all competitions, and is the highest scoring defender in the history of the Champions League after netting in the 1-1 draw with PSG during the last 16 first leg.
Losing Ivanovic would be a bitter blow for Chelsea as he's been a virtual ever-present in all of the side's big games in recent years, and is now widely regarded as the best right-back in all the Premier League.
However, failure to improve the length of contract on the table could force the Serb to consider his options elsewhere, and potentially take on a new challenge in the French capital with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani - plus former team-mate David Luiz - and co.
Chelsea fans: Do you think Branislav Ivanovic deserves more than a one-year contract extension? Would you be sad to see him leave Stamford Bridge, or can Jose Mourinho cope without him? Share your thoughts below...
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