Chelsea stalwart set for summer exit as Serie A giants circle

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Chelsea veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic could leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with Roma reportedly interested in signing him.

The Serbian international arrived at the club in 2008, and has gone on to become an integral part of their success since while making over 200 Premier League appearances.

However, there has been a noticeable decline in his performances this season, and the 32-year-old’s future has been clouded by growing doubt as a result.

It is unclear as to whether or not he is part of incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s plans moving forward, but according to Corriere dello Sport, Roma are monitoring the situation carefully.

The Giallorossi’s reported interest in Ivanovic adds an interesting sub-plot to the summer transfer market, with Chelsea previously linked with a move for Kostas Manolas, as reported by the Metro.

Provided that there is truth in the speculation, the two clubs could potentially negotiate a deal that involves the two defenders swapping places, while Roma will naturally also want cash included.

On the face of it, it would seem like a sensible move for certain parties. Manolas would be a great signing for Chelsea as they look to rebuild their defence for the long-term without Ivanovic and John Terry, while the tempo and pace of Italian football would suit Ivanovic better at this stage of his career.

However, it is unlikely that Roma will want to lose Manolas given his importance to the side, and so Ivanovic would be seen as a way of strengthening what they have rather than replacing.

It promises to be an intriguing summer at Chelsea nonetheless with Conte’s arrival after Euro 2016, as the former Juventus boss is expected to be active in the transfer market as he looks to bolster the squad and secure immediate results.

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