The Daily Mail believe that Chelsea are close to sealing a deal with their Premier League title rivals Manchester United which will see them sell midfielder Nemanja Matic in exchange for £40 million. That may represent good value for money for a player who celebrates his 29th birthday on Tuesday and is entering into the final year of his contract.
The Serbian has been a consistent performer for much of his second spell at Stamford Bridge but now looks set to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. Having already signed Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer and with N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas for competition, it is not a surprise to see Conte slim his options.
However, he will not be replaced by 19-year-old Renato Sanches, if Italian outlet Fanta Gazzetta is correct. They claim that the Portugal star has rejected Chelsea as he would prefer a move to AC Milan as he looks to leave Bayern Munich after a disappointing first season in Germany.
Having made a sensational breakthrough at Benfica and then won the young player of the tournament award at Euro 2016, he played only 615 minutes in the league for Carlo Ancelotti last season. Now, he looks set to leave on loan, but it seems that he will not head to Chelsea.
Despite that, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes that his side are in line for another good campaign. The Belgian goalkeeper spoke to Goal to reveal that he is confident going into the Community Shield clash with Arsenal next Sunday, saying:
“We will do our best to win the Community Shield and I think we are ready for it… The first game against Arsenal (a 3-0 win in Beijing) was good. The last two games we didn’t play bad but we gave away balls for counter-attacks. Obviously, that’s something we have to improve. The trainings were good and that was the most important part.”
Chelsea have had some disappointing results since that pre-season win over the Gunners, falling to defeats to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Despite that, with the likes of Alvaro Morata still building fitness and Tiemoue Bakayoko sidelined, there is no reason to write the Blues off just yet.