Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Bayern Munich after the reigning Bundesliga champions made initial enquiries about the Serbian's potential availability this summer.
The 31-year-old is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and with negotiations over a renewal still understood to be ongoing Pep Guardiola is considering an attempt to pinch the full-back's signature.
According to the Sunday Mirror, the German giants are keen to recruit Ivanovic after another stand-out campaign in west London, and the fact that the Blues are yet to agree a renewal with the veteran has given the Bavarians encouragement of completing a shock deal.
Roman Abramovich's policy of handing short-term extensions to all players over the age of 30 is thought to be one sticking point as the versatile stopper is holding out for a longer deal, and he might be able to get more security by switching to the Allianz Arena.
However, Jose Mourinho will be determined to keep an important first-team player that has served the club with such distinction since joining Chelsea from Lokomotiv Moscow back in 2008.
Ivanovic has won every major honour during his seven-year spell in England, including one Premier League title, three FA Cups, one League Cup the Europa League and of course the Champions League in Munich in 2012.
Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be monitoring developments closely and could rival Bayern for the player's signature should it become apparent he's planning to leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea fans: How important is it that Jose Mourinho convinces Branislav Ivanovic to sign a new contract? If he were to leave west London, how much would Bayern Munich or PSG have to pay? Share your thoughts below...
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