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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2008, 14:38 GMT
Chelsea clinch Ivanovic signing
Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic becomes Avram Grant's second January signing
Chelsea have completed the signing of Lokomotiv Moscow defender Branislav Ivanovic on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.

A work permit for the 23-year-old, who was also a target for Manchester United, had already been granted.

Serbian Ivanovic passed a medical and finalised personal terms, with the transfer fee thought to be almost 9m.

"It is the dream of any player to improve and the ultimate is to play for such a big team as this," he said.

606: DEBATE

Ivanovic can play anywhere in defence and won his first senior cap for Serbia and Montenegro in June 2006 in a friendly against Italy.

He is now a regular in the Serbian line-up alongside Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic and has made nine appearances and has scored once.

Blues manager Avram Grant has also signed Nicolas Anelka from Bolton in the transfer window.

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