Serie A champions Juventus are rumoured to be closing in on the signing of Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matić, after the the player was left out of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the far east.
Juve are determined to bolster their squad with quality ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, especially after losing influential figures Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan for €40m last week, and Dani Alves to Paris Saint-Germain.
According to reports from Italian sports site Corriere dello Sport, the Italian side are confident of bringing the two-time Premier League winner – who is also a reported target of Manchester United – to Turin this summer. However, Chelsea’s interest in Juve’s own Alex Sandro could complicate matters.
While the marquee signing of Tiemoué Bakayoko at Stamford Bridge has given further encouragement to Juve, Chelsea, still maintain hopes of landing left-back Alex Sandro this summer.
Juve are not eager not to part company with the Brazilian international – they have already rejected a bid of £60m according to some reports. However, the Blues may fancy their chances of using the Italians’ interest in Matić as a bargaining chip to negotiate an ambitious player plus cash deal for the 26-year-old defender.
Previously, Matic was thought to be on his way to Manchester United to link up with former mentor Jose Mourinho. However, rumours of that deal have cooled in recent days and Juventus are believed to have the upper hand over the Red Devils in their pursuits of the Serbian, as Chelsea are understood to be resentful towards the Red Devils for their signing of Romelu Lukaku.