Paris Saint-Germain may have already done a deal for ex-Chelsea star David Luiz but they’re back and eyeing up another key member of Jose Mourinho’s back four.
The Daily Mail has reported that the French champions are keen on a £15 million deal for defender Branislav Ivanovic and are prepared to offer him the contract he desires, which Chelsea won’t.
Chelsea’s policy with older players is to put them on one-year rolling deals, which are reviewed each summer but Ivanovic is thought to want a longer contract with more security.
“The defender and his representatives wanted to add another two years to his deal supported by statistics that show he has averaged over 40 games a season for the past five years. PSG are willing to offer Ivanovic that security and will bid around £15million for him should his relationship with Chelsea deteriorate,” writes Simon Jones.
Chelsea would be well advised to give Ivanovic whatever he likes to stay beyond 2016 because he was one of their most reliable players in the Premier League’s best defence last season.
What has made the past 12 months even more remarkable for the Serbian is the fact he’s predominantly been played out of position at right-back.
Jose Mourinho preferred him in that role last season, which allowed him the luxury of being able to use the versatile Cesar Azpilicueta on the other side of the back four in place of Ashley Cole.
Chelsea do have plenty of defensive options should PSG make an offer which is too good for the Blues to refuse but the worry for Mourinho will be that the side has already lost a great deal of experience.
Luiz was experienced in two positions; central defence and holding midfield while Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard represent a significant chunk of leadership departing the club this summer.
The most likely scenario is that the Blues will let Ivanovic’s current deal wind down for another season, trying to address a renewal throughout the course of the current campaign based on how the 30-year-old performs.