Monaco wants Branislav Ivanovic after Kompany failure

ivanovicBranislav Ivanovic is wanted by Monaco after they were rebuffed in a bid to lure Vincent Kompany from Manchester City.

The 29-year-old Chelsea defender has been recommended by coach Claudio Ranieri to Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev as the newly-promoted French side undertake an ambitious summer recruiting programme.
They have had a £51.3million offer accepted for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, who is set for a medical today, and that follows Friday’s £60m deal for Porto’s Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez.

Monaco are ready to offer around £25m for Ivanovic, who scored the winning goal in the Europa League final, but he is also wanted by incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The ‘Special One’ tried to sign Ivanovic last summer for Real Madrid only for Chelsea to increase their asking price, and he will want the Serb to be part of his squad for next season.

Although he would like to add Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, the defender Mourinho may be more likely to sacrifice is David Luiz, who is continuing to attract attention from Barcelona.
Monaco are also keen on Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa.

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