Premier League Side Attempt To Hijack Ivanovic's Zenit St Petersburg Deal
It appeared a move back to Russia with Zenit St Petersburg was on the cards for Branislav Ivanovic but a last minute bid could prevent that.
The January transfer window is just a few days away from slamming shut as manager across the country, and beyond, seek to finalise any business by next Tuesday's deadline.
(Geoff Shreeves delivers bad news to Ivanovic)
Chelsea continue to be linked with a host of players but one potential out-going is edging closer. Ivanovic is close to ending his association with the Premier League club as a move away looks likely.
Zenit were the front-runners to acquire his services, though an interesting spectator at Chelsea's FA Cup clash yesterday has thrown that transfer up in the air.
According to Sky Sports, Tony Pulis was in attendance at Stamford Bridge with West Brom plotting to hijack Zenit's deal with the 32-year-old reportedly keen on remaining in the Premier League.
Since joining in 2008, Ivanovic has compiled over 200 appearances winning the lot; from the league title, to the FA Cup not to mention lifting the Champions League on that famous night in Munich.
But after an extensive spell in the side, Conte has now deemed him surplus to requirements while falling down the defensive pecking order.
The Serbian has six-months left to run on his contract but will be allowed to leave the club on a free.