As confirmed by Slaven Bilic, West Bromwich Albion are expected to announce the signature of defender Branislav Ivanovic imminently.
Serbian international Ivanovic is of course best remembered by English fans for his time spent with Chelsea.
The now-36-year-old lined out for the Blues for 9 years, racking up close to 400 appearances, whilst securing a host of titles along the way.
Ivanovic eventually departed Stamford Bridge in 2017, with the no-nonsense stopper having since been plying his trade in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg.
Ivanovic’s contract at the Gazprom Arena, though, expired this past summer.
The veteran’s free agent status, meanwhile, has since inevitably seen him named as a target for a host of clubs ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
In fact, just last month, Ivanovic himself suggested that he was close to a return to the Premier League, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton:
‘I will probably continue my career at Everton. I received a good offer from them. I will see how things will turn out.’
‘So far, I have not received any offer from Red Star. If anyone calls me, then I will consider the offer. Now there is no need for me to think about moving to Belgrade.’
— Everton FC News (@LivEchoEFC) August 3, 2020
Such a move, however, evidently never came to fruition.
But, as outlined above, the Serbian nevertheless looks set for an imminent move back to England, albeit with a different club.
Speaking in a press conference on the back of his side’s defeat to Leicester City this afternoon, West Brom manager Slaven Bilic was drawn on the speculation that the Baggies are closing on a deal for Ivanovic.
And Bilic went on to confirm as much, revealing that, as far as he is aware, the transfer was completed on Saturday:
Slaven Bilic says he thinks Branislav Ivanovic to @WBA was done yesterday – not announced yet, probably tomorrow.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 13, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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