After Bayern Munich spectacularly turned around their Champions League second leg tie against FC Porto, they were linked by the Guardian with a move for Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic this summer, but allegedly face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.
There is no doubting the quality that Ivanovic brings; he is an excellent right-back, and has a knack of scoring goals in key games, adding four goals this season.
However, it would seem a strange move from the French champions, and would go against what they are trying to build at the Parc des Princes.
They have also been linked with a move for Barcelona’s Dani Alves by the Guardian, but that move has gone cold in recent weeks – perhaps due to the Ivanovic interest.
This summer, PSG have to pay Toulouse €10 million for right-back Serge Aurier. The 22-year-old has only played 11 times in the league this season, as Gregory van der Wiel is still the undoubted first-choice for Laurent Blanc. If the Dutch defender were to leave this summer, PSG would need to replace him, but signing someone over 30 years old does not look towards the future and delays the progression of Aurier.
The Ivorian international has played 149 games in France since making his debut for RC Lens in 2009. It is time for Aurier to step up for his new club, so bringing in Ivanovic would push him back down the pecking order.
Ivanovic is a great defender, but if PSG want to become a powerhouse in Europe, they need players to blossom rather than adding more experience in an already ageing defence.