Ivanovic Will Join Milan, Not Juve

The agent of Branislav Ivanovic has admitted that Juventus would like to sign his client, but says that the Chelsea defender only wants Milan.
The Rossoneri are desperate to sign a stopper following the injury to key defender Alessandro Nesta, who is suffering from a chronic back problem.

Chelsea’s forgotten man Branislav Ivanovic had seemed almost certain to join Milan last week until the transfer fell through at the last minute when the Londoners refused to insert an option into the prospected loan deal.

At the weekend it was speculated that Milan had reignited their interest, but they face competition from Juventus, who reportedly are looking for a defender following the injury to the colossal Giorgio Chiellini last night.

“Juventus have asked for the player, but there has been no contact and Branislav has chosen Milan,” the player’s agent Vlado Borozan told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Therefore he will probably be playing for Milan next season. A deal will be done, partly because the player is unhappy.

“The problem at the moment is that Chelsea want four starters in his position and he is the fourth.

“It is difficult to find an arrangement that works for both sides but there is a game to be played and it can be completed.”

Meanwhile, Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani has admitted that the club still want to sign Ivanovic, and says that time will tell whether or not he arrives at San Siro.

"Ivanovic was, or better, is one of our aims," he stated.

"Chelsea firstly told us yes, then no. We are looking for a central defender and should we be able to find a name which suits us, we will sign him.

"It would be useless signing a player who would never play. We have a few ideas, so we will see."

Milan thrashed Juventus 4-1 in the Trofeo Berlusconi last night, and it seems they could be set to win another battle against their rivals.

Roberto Rossi