Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system has rejuvenated Chelsea, as well as stalled Chelsea careers of some stars who had things to offer, which would have gone unnoticed had it not been the system. But, certain players have found themselves misfit to the system and have been pushed to the sidelines, veteran right-back Branislav Ivanovic being one of the prime examples.
With three ball playing Centre-halves and two wing-backs being deployed, the 32 year old Serbian right back has found himself surplus to the requirement. His recent spell of poor performances and defensive errors did not help the cause either.
Despite being a long and wonderful servant of Chelsea, his recent poor patch of form has seen him receive a lot of sticks from the fans. The prospect of Ivanovic on the pitch is causing unreal panic of conceding among the fans. In the recent Hotspur game, after the very late introduction of Ivanovic, Spurs seemed to almost score from every attack.
Knowing that Chelsea are one Victor Moses injury away from playing Ivanovic again, Conte is reportedly looking for replacements, with Niklas Sule being scouted according to reports. Ivanovic has spent most of the season on the bench so far.
Turkish outlet Haber Turk has reported that Besiktas president Fikret Orman was in London last week and has an agreement in place for the transfer of Ivanovic as the deal looks likely. Orman has reportedly expressed his delight at the progress of the transfer talks, since his team is struggling with defensive problems. Ivanovic can fit well in the Turkish League.
Media have also linked Ivanovic with surprise moves to European giants like Juventus and Barcelona. Outlet GDS claims that Barcelona are following Ivanovic , who’ll be signed in January for Right Back position, as Barcelona are desperately looking for one. Juventus are also interested according to the report.
However, a Turkish League move looks more likely.