When Inter started taking an interest in Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, we said we weren’t surprised.
We weren’t, but what is surprising is that it’s taken this long for Juventus’ name to appear next to the Serbia international’s considering the efforts they put in to try and sign him last year.
Throughout almost the entire summer, the Chelsea midfielder, who was ‘deemed surplus to requirements’ by Antonio Conte, looked on the verge of signing for the Serie A champions, but it never happened.
The 28-year-old ended up being one of the key players under Italian as the Blues marched nearly unopposed to a Premier League title, making 35 appearances, scoring one goal and picking up eight assists.
That spot is now occupied by Liverpool’s Emre Can, whose age and interesting contract situation (runs out in 2018) play in his favour.
Still, it wouldn’t have been a proper summer transfer window if there hadn’t been at least one Nemanja Matic to Juventus rumour in the Italian media.