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AC Milan Sets Eyes On Chelsea's Serbian Defender

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IApril 17, 2010

News have been reported that Italian giants AC Milan are interested in Chelsea's Serbian right-back Branislav Ivanovic. They are planning to make a £15million move for the defender in the summer.

The 26-year-old Serbian national team regular has become a prominent figure in Ancelotti's plans this season. Coming on as a replacement for the injured Bosingwa, the 6'2" right-back impressed one-and-all with his defensive abilities as well as attacking prowess.

His impressive performance this season for the Blues has made him a target for other European powerhouses including Real Madrid, Internazional.

Although Chelsea manager, Ancelotti, has indicated that he is hopeful to start talks with Ivanovic over a contract extension substantial interests have been expressed by fellow Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Manchester City also.

AC Milan, who had a poor season, are looking to revamp their aging team this summer. Ivanovic has been on their radar since his his Lokomotiv Moscow days' and they were narrowly pipped by Chelsea in signing the impressive Serb. They made a failed £10m bid last year to sign the right-back after Ivanovic failed to feature under Avram Grant.

The Rossoneri are hopeful that if Chelsea makes a bid for Internazional's defender Maicon they can tempt Chelsea to sell Ivanovic with a nearly £15million offer.

But the San Siro giants' bid is set to fail. Ivanovic has been a revelation this season, and it looks highly unlikely that Ancelotti will let go of his impressive defender. The Blues' manager is set to reward him an extension for his impressive performance this season.

Ivanovic has turned into a multi-dimensional defender for the Blues' and it is highly unlikely that Chelsea will sell him to bring Maicon in his place. Maicon might be impressive and adventurous, but he is uni-dimensional. So bringing on someone like Maicon as a replacement for Ivanovic will be a foolish move which the Blues are surely not to make.

Moreover, Chelsea are looking to replace some old legs with new and young ones, so signing a 28-year-old player does not look futile.

The Serbian's three-and-a-half years contract is set to end in summer of 2011 but it has been widely reported that Chelsea are set to offer him an extension into his contract. With Ivanovic playing a key-role in Ancelotti's plans this season it looks unlikely that he will like to make a move from Bridge to the San Siro next season.

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