Speculation over the future of Nemanja Matic has increasingly yet repressively run rife, but the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco may very well mark the epilogue of his chapter at Stamford Bridge.
Younger, physically imposing and with a deft touch, Bakayoko has seemingly- if not assuredly- brought an end to Matic’s second spell with the club.
Without bearing the risk of not seeing the forest from the trees, the move is a bold statement of intent by Antonio Conte, as the Italian maestro looks to rebuild his title winning side into an even leaner, meaner machine.
Although he reported right in time for the pre-season warm up at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, Matic spent considerably long training separately from the first team- igniting speculations over a potential exit from the club.
Chelsea didn’t do much to contain the rumors, as the club omitted the midfielder’s name from the squad headed for their pre-season tour of the Far East.
He played a pivotal in guiding the Blues to Premier League glory last season, which is why Manchester United have been deeply embroiled in negotiations over the 28-year old.
Payback by Chelsea
Jose Mourinho is keen on reuniting with the Serbian who was an integral member of his title winning side three years ago, but Chelsea have and will continue to frustrate United’s efforts after the Red devils snatched Romelu Lukaku from right underneath their noses.
Furthermore, it’s highly improbable that Antonio Conte will strengthen a fellow title challenger in the Premier League; more so Jose Mourinho.
In fact, the Chelsea gaffer is pushing for a move that will see Matic ply his trade at an Italian club, with Juventus being a primary target for the 47-year old manager.
Juve more appealing
Amid the transfer saga lays Juventus; the ruthless, indiscriminate kings of Italian football.
While Manchester United are an article in writing- which is why the club hasn’t shied away from breaking the bank in transfers- Juventus are only charged with the responsibility of dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s.
Despite turning the Serie A into a monopoly, the Old Lady has equally performed well on the European stage.
They may have fallen at the last hurdle but making it to two Champions League finals in three years is an appealing prospect; one that may lure Nemanja Matic to Turin.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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