Free agent Branislav Ivanovic says that he has received an offer from Everton with a Premier League return on the table, as reported by Republika.
At the age of 36, the former Chelsea stalwart is closing in on a well-deserved rest and retirement.
But to suggest that Ivanovic does not have anything left to offer, even as he approaches 40, would be an insult to a man who captained Zenit St Petersburg to the Russian league title as recently as July before his contract expired.
And an Everton side seemingly lacking any bite or intensity on the pitch would surely benefit from the presence of one of football’s toughest and most uncompromising players – a three-time Premier League winner with an iron-clad mentality.
Novosti claimed last week that Ivanovic had been offered the chance to reunite with his ex-Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
And it seems that these claims are not quite as bizarre as they first seemed.
“I will probably continue my career at Everton. I received a good offer from them. I will see how things will turn out,” says Ivanovic, a once-rampaging right-back who has taken on a more central role in his advancing years.
The 105-time Serbia international has also been linked with a return to his homeland. But while Red Star Belgrade would jump at the chance to sign one of their nation’s most famous sons, it seems that the figures involved make a dream move impossible.
“So far, I have not received any offer from Red Star. If anyone calls me, then I will consider the offer. Now there is no need for me to think about moving to Belgrade,” Ivanovic adds.
Red Star’s general manager, Zvezdan Terzic, has since ruled out an emotional homecoming too.
“I really appreciate Ivanovic but we can hardly afford such a player. That story is not realistic.”