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Real Prepares $24 Million Bid for Chelsea’s Ivanovic, Mail Says

May 12, 2012

Real Madrid is prepared to offer 15 million pounds ($24 million) for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the Daily Mail said.

Real wants to strengthen its defense and manager Jose Mourinho favors Ivanovic, who excelled in Chelsea’s Champions League semifinal win over Barcelona, the Mail said. Ivanovic, 28, joined Chelsea for 9.7 million pounds in 2008 from Lokomotiv Moscow.

Mourinho also wants another defender to replace veteran Ricardo Carvalho and has considered Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen, the Mail said.

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