Juventus are considering a move for Nemanja Matic this summer, with the Serbian midfielder increasingly likely to leave the English champions.
According to the Daily Mail, Max Allegri is keen on Matic and believes the Serie A side offer an appealing alternative for Chelsea who are reluctant to sell the player to another English club. Internazionale’s interest was ended by the financial demands of Matic, but Juventus would likely be able to meet those demands.
Sky Italy: Juventus want to sign Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 13, 2017
Manchester United have been widely reported as the probable destination for £40m-rated Matic, but with the club having hijacked Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Chelsea earlier in the window and Conte unwilling to sell the defensive midfielder to the Manchester side anyway, Juventus could be a realistic option.
Joining Chelsea in 2014 for £21m, Matic has been a crucial part of the club’s recent success. His first full season back in England saw him make the 2014/15 PFA Team of the Year as he helped his side to the title.
The Serbian international continued to be a major figure in Chelsea’s starting line-ups and formed a superb partnership in central midfield with N’Golo Kante this season as Chelsea stormed to the title once again.
He also scored a wonder-goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham in a 4-2 win for his side, though was substituted in the final for Cesc Fabregas early in the second-half as Chelsea lost 2-1 to Arsenal.
Nemanja Matic is also training alone at the moment. Sad way for his Chelsea career to end. Inter and MUFC still interested #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) July 13, 2017
However, with Tiemoué Bakayoko’s transfer to Chelsea believed to be imminent, Matic is favouring a move away from the club to guarantee himself regular first-team football. If Chelsea were to keep him, it would likely be with a two-year extension before annual rolling contracts once he reaches 30.
It seems improbable that Matic will stay in west London though, with the player not involved in Chelsea’s pre-season plans and has found himself largely isolated from the squad. If Conte’s refusal to sanction a move to Manchester United continues as the summer progresses, a potential move to Juventus could become increasingly probable.