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Costa, Matic miss Chelsea preseason amid exit rumors

Nemanja Matic scores for Chelsea versus Middlesbrough in the Premier League GETTY Gianluca Di Marzio claims Arsenal want Chelsea star Nemanja Matic at the Emirates next season
Lucia Summers | 15 July, 2017, 01:26

Chelsea have given Nemanja Matic permission to join Diego Costa in missing their pre-season tour of China and Singapore as the Serbia midfielder attempts to smooth his departure from the club.

Costa was keen to fight for his place at Chelsea but got nowhere with Conte, who remembers the Spain international's poor attitude in January.

They want to sell overseas, and have found willing buyers in Inter and now Juventus.

However, it remains to be seen whether or not Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is open to the idea, even though the expected signing of Bakayoko would likely result in Matic being an expendable piece in the squad.

Premier League champions Chelsea are getting closer to signing AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko which suggests that the Serbian worldwide Nemanja Matic will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge during summer.

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And according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus will take advantage of Chelsea's determination to offload Matic to anyone other than United and have made signing the midfielder a top priority.

The same article states that Matic's representatives have held talks with the Chelsea hierarchy about leaving the west London club in the summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho wants two more signings as Manchester United prepare for the new Premier League season, but he would not comment on rumours linking the club with a move for Nemanja Matic.

Meanwhile, Matic's replacement Tiemoue Bakayoko completed the final part of his medical on Friday and could be unveiled as Chelsea's third major signing of the summer over the weekend.

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