In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Blues legend Branislav Ivanovic could be heading back to English football after leaving Zenit Saint Petersburg and a new transfer rumour suggests we are vying with Arsenal and Inter Milan for a Borussia Monchengladbach player.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Ivanovic to join Everton?
According to TalkSport, Branislav Ivanovic could return to the Premier League next season with Everton reportedly in talks to sign the former Chelsea defender as a free agent after his departure from Zenit Saint Petersburg .
The 36-year-old left the Russian club following the expiry of his contract and Serbian newspaper Novosti reports negotiations are in the ‘final phase’ for Ivanovic to link up with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
Ivanovic was in our Double-winning side under Ancelotti in 2010 and the report suggests he could play again for the Italian as Everton are in need of defensive reinforcements after their disappointing 12th place finish in the Premier League.
The Serbian won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League in nine years at Stamford Bridge before he joined Zenit in January 2017.
He led them to the Russian double in the recently concluded season but made news last weekend after he dropped and broke the Russian Cup trophy during the presentation ceremony.
Ginter could be new transfer target
The Sun reports Chelsea are one of the clubs possibly interested in signing Germany international centre-back Matthias Ginter from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The report indicates the Blues, Inter Milan and Arsenal are competing for the 26-year defender.
‘Reports in Ginter's homeland suggest a number of clubs are competing for his signature after he helped Borussia Monchengladbach qualify for next season's Champions League,’ states the paper.
‘Inter are searching for a long-term replacement for veteran centre-back Diego Godin and have eyed Ginter for a transfer, according to Sky Deutschland.
‘Also said to be keen are Chelsea and Arsenal although their interest is thought to be lower than the Serie A club.
‘Ginter made 36 appearances in all competitions last season as Borussia's early title challenge faded to a fourth-placed finish.’
Chelsea rank second in global popularity report
The Sun reports Chelsea are the Premier League’s second-most followed club around the world based on internet searches over the past decade.
According to the paper, the Blues trail only Manchester United in the study conducted by Footy.com, which used data from Google trends to show how interest for each Premier League team has changed during the past 10 years.
The study put Liverpool in third place overall with Arsenal and Manchester City rounding out the top five.
Sheffield United were ranked last in the survey with Brighton and Bournemouth narrowly ahead of them in 18th and 19th place respectively.
On the basis of continental appeal, Chelsea also placed second behind United in the ranking for Europe, North America, South America and Afrca, finished third in Asian behind United and Liverpool and took fourth place in Oceania