Juventus are hoping to launch a transfer raid to sign Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the January transfer window.
With a number of defenders in Massimilano Allegri’s squad battling with injuries, the Italian champions are keen to sign cover in the winter transfer window to plug in the gaps.
And according to Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea’s Ivanovic has emerged as a top target for the Bianconeri and the club are hoping to launch a decisive assault in January.
Juventus have had their eyes on the Serbian defender for a while and had earmarked him for a move in the summer, but with defensive reinforcements needed in January, the club hierarchy have decided to try to sign him in the winter.
It remains to be seen what Antonio Conte makes of his former club’s plans of raiding Chelsea for Ivanovic in January as the Italian is not keen to lose any experience from his squad in the middle of the season.
However, the 32-year-old defender, who has also been linked with a move to AC Milan, could be interested in listening to offers in January as he has not been a prominent player in Conte’s team in recent weeks after starting the season as a regular.
He has played just ten minutes of Premier League football this month thus far and has struggled to get into the team since Conte decided to switch to a back three.
Ivanovic’s current contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season.