Report: Branislav Ivanovic's Chelsea exit could help Manchester United sign Victor Lindelof

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in action with Burnley's Sam Vokes

The departure of one of the Premier League's longest serving players could spark a transfer merry-go-round in January.

Juventus would prefer to sign Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the cheap than pursue Benfica’s £25 million centre-back Victor Lindelof, Calciomercato report.

The Serie A champions have one of the most ominous defences on world football on paper but, unfortunately for manager Max Allegri, paper is where most of them will be staying for the time being as an injury crisis sweeps through his squad.

Georgio Chiellini has suffered a number of problems this season, Leonardo Bonucci could be out for up to two months and Dani Alves will be sidelined for most of the season with a broken leg.

Consequently, the ‘Old Lady’ are ready to delve into the transfer market due to concerns over the performances of understudy duo Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani and Calciomercato claim that Ivanovic is top of their shopping list.

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in action with Burnley's Sam Vokes

The Serbian international’s long, storied career at Chelsea appears to be coming to an end, with Antonio Conte dropping the experienced defender indefinitely after he failed to improve on his poor showings under Jose Mourinho last season.

Ivanovic should have no trouble flitting between wing-back or centre-back roles in Allegri’s favoured 3-5-2, while these developments could also leave Manchester United free to step up their pursuit of one of the most in-demand players in European football.

The Sweden international was linked with the likes of Aston Villa and Middlesbrough until a breakthrough performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League brought him to wider attention.

Sweden's Victor Lindelof applauds fans after the game

Lindelof’s agent told Fotboll Skanalen that a number of club’s across the continent had made concrete offers for the ball-playing centre-back, meaning Jose Mourinho is not going to be short of competition.

However, United’s task could get a whole lot easier with Juve out of the picture.

Benfica's Victor Lindelof in action against Dynamo Kiev

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