Euro giants to offer soon-to-be-free agent Chelsea ace escape route (not Terry)

Inter Milan are keeping a close eye on struggling Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and could offer him a Stamford Bridge escape route at the end of the season, according to reports from CalcioMercatoWeb.

The Serbia international has long been hailed as one do the best right-sided defenders in the Premier League, but his uncharacteristically poor start to the current campaign has raised concerns.

The 31-year-old, like many Blues stars, has been off the pace so far, with some suggesting that his advancing years are catching up with him.

But reports claim that Inter have not been deterred, with scouts from the Serie A giants having been watching the rugged Eastern European in recent weeks.

Ivanovic’s current contract expires at the end of the season, and with his form having been poor Chelsea may opt to let him move on for free.

The London club have shown this ruthless edge with ageing players of late, with Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard having both been allowed to move on for nothing.