Chelsea star emerges as defensive target for Man City

Manchester City are considering the idea of luring Branislav Ivanovic out of Chelsea as they look to reinforce their backline, Express reports.

The 31-year-old is set to see his contract with the current Premier League champions expire at the end of this season and has been tipped for an exit in recent months.

He was on the receiving end of a host of criticism from the fans for his performance in the earlier stages of the campaign as the Blues struggled to find form.

Ivanovic is believed to be close to confirming a one-year stay at Stamford Bridge, but City are accommodating the idea of luring him to the Etihad.

With the future of the Serbia international still in doubt, a host of clubs around Europe are being linked with a possible move for the defender.

AC Milan, Inter Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, as well as City are amongst the teams said to be keeping a close eye on the player.