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Branislav Ivanovic is keen to test himself in the Premier League again but, according to Bleacher Report, Fulham is a more likely destination than Everton at present.

At the age of 36, a man who lifted the English top-flight title three times at Chelsea could be set for a shock return to British soil.

Yet this Ivanovic is a very different player to the one who made a career out of bombing down the right flank at Stamford Bridge.

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He has lost a yard or five of pace in the autumn of his career and captained Zenit to the Russian Premier League glory last season from a central defensive role.

And, with his contract expiring at the end of July, there is a very real possibility that Carlo Ancelotti could once again be sharing a dressing room with a familiar face when 2020/21 kicks off.

Ivanovic told Republika this week that he had ‘received an offer’ from Ancelotti’s Everton, with BleacherReport backing up suggestions that talks are underway.

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But after Fulham sealed their return to the big time in Tuesday’s play-off final victory over Brentford, it seems that the Cottagers have suddenly jumped into pole position for the signature of a 105-time Serbia international.

As BleacherReport point out, Ivanovic would prefer a return to West London after nine years at Fulham’s near neighbours Chelsea.

The chance to work with Serbia team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic at the Cottage could also be a major factor as Ivanovic weighs up his next, and potentially last, move.

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