Barcelona are being linked with a shock January move for veteran Chelsea defenderPublished November 16, 2016
Barcelona are being linked with a shock January move for veteran Chelsea defender. In what is probably the most bizarre transfer story you’ll read all day, Branislav Ivanovic has allegedly emerged as an unlikely target for the Catalan giants. Mundo Deportivo reports that he’s one of three right-backs on their January shortlist.
Luis Enrique is taking desperate measures in order to replace Aleix Vidal. The full-back arrived from Sevilla last year but was only able to play in competitive games for the club from January 2016 onwards due to their transfer ban. Things haven’t worked out between them since then with Sergi Roberto acting as an auxiliary right-back for much of the season.
Barcelona’s main target is Joao Cancelo, the Valencia defender, but they don’t expect to sign him until next summer. In the short-term, they’re looking at a trio of veteran defenders, one of which is Ivanovic. The Serbian, 32, has appeared just once in Chelsea’s last four Premier League games. With his contract up at the end of the season, Barca could get him a for a cut-price fee.
The other two players on that shortlist are Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner (32) and Shakhtar Donetsk legend Darijo Srna (34).
5. Branislav Ivanovic vs Napoli. pic.twitter.com/zB0yHiye3m— Steve (@ffsSteveoh) October 8, 2016