Stamford Bridge looking to sell full back and replace with another?
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IMScouting reports that Juventus are interested in signing Branislav Ivanovic. The defender’s contract is up in 2012 and there is speculation that the Blues would rather sell him now than let him walk away for nothing in two years time. Juventus believe they can lure the Serb to Italy because he shares his agents with their winger Milos Krasic and this would make any potential deal easier.
Footylatest.com reports that Chelsea and Arsenal are ready to battle it out for German star Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dutch full-back Gregory van der Wiel.
The midfielder is considered one of the world’s best holding players but he is apparently unhappy at Bayern Munich and he is looking to move on next summer. Ajax’s van der Wiel, meanwhile, has also attracted attention from Juventus and AC Milan and he would cost around £10m. Whether Ajax choose to sell in January will depend on whether or not they progress in Europe. (A Different League)
Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic has been a big success at right back and it would seem unlikely that Carlo Ancelotti would simply look to sell him to Juventus because his contract runs out in two years time. The powerfully built 26 year old has become a regular fixture in the Stamford Bridge starting eleven under the Italian’s guidance after an indifferent start to his Blues career under previous bosses Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink.
However that said, Gregory van der Wiel is a top notch up and coming alternative who appears to be getting the attention of a number of Europe’s elite with the likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal also paying close attention to the 22 year old who played five our of seven games as Holland finished runners up at the 2010 World Cup.
The attack minded full back is apparently strongly linked away from cash strapped Ajax and could well be heading for a Premier League move.