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Monaco now court Chelsea’s versatile defender

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Upon the arrival of Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have constantly been a force to reckon with in the transfer market. Now, newly promoted French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco is exhibiting their monetary might and using the ‘Chelsea buy success’ model to good effect. And which better club to target for this exercise that the creators of the spent big money to get to the top approach, Chelsea. AS Monaco want the Blues’ Europa League final’s game winner Branislav Ivanovic to bolster their defence.

Monaco have seemingly won the battle for Radamel Falcao, a long courted target for Chelsea with the Colombian reportedly completing his medical at Monaco today. The cash rich club continue to take the transfer market by storm and are sparking widespread rumours everywhere. Last week, they tried in vain to bring Belgian powerhouse Vincent Kompany from Manchester City. Now they’ve turned their sights on Branislav Ivanovic.


Chelsea bought Ivanovic from Lokomotiv Moscow for £9.7 million in January 2008 and he has been an integral part of the Chelsea defence. He is an adaptable player who can play as a right back or a centre back. He took some time to settle to the English game, but eventually clawed his way into the Chelsea starting eleven, and stayed there. He is very solid at the back and also pretty confident going forward. Monaco have offered Chelsea a massive £25 million for the 29 year old Serb, a fee most clubs would jump at. But not Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho, ready for a second stint in west London, expressed his desire to hold on to Ivanovic claiming that he is an integral part of the Chelsea team going forward. In fact, he even attempted to sign the Serb for Real Madrid during the last summer window, but was rebuffed by Chelsea’s determination to retain him.