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Juventus Quoted €30m Asking Price For Chelsea Midfielder [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02 : Nemanja Matic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Juventus’ hopes of landing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matić have taken a bit of a setback.

Italian website CalcioMercato (via Gazzetta World) are reporting that the Serie A champions want to add the Serbian international to their ranks this summer – but Chelsea’s asking price is putting them off.

The report states that Juve were (and still are) hoping to get a deal done for around €20, but Chelsea’s current stance is that they want €30m for the midfield enforcer.

Though Chelsea would probably sell at the right price, the fact that his contract does not expire until 2019 means that they can sell him completely on their own terms.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Nemanja Matic of Chelsea and Bojan Krkic of Stoke City compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Crucially, it also says that new Blues boss Antonio Conte is unsure whether or not he wants to keep Matić at the club. Chelsea have been linked with a number of central midfielders in the past few weeks and doubts persist over how the 27 year old will perform in Conte’s high-intensity system.

Having been rebuffed in his attempt to sign Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, Conte turned his attention to André Gomes of Valenica (who, coincidentally is also wanted by Juventus) but saw a €40m bid rejected by the Spanish side last week.

Axel Witsel, N’Golo Kanté and Lassana Diarra have also been linked with the Stamford Bridge side – and should Conte nail down one of his targets, the club might be more open to negotiation with Juve to sell their asset.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Nemanja Matic of SL Benfica in action during the Europa League Final match between Chelsea and SL Benfica at The Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Having been sent to Benfica in the deal which saw David Luiz arrive at Stamford Bridge, Matić returned to Chelsea in a £21m deal in 2014. Though initially proving a fan-favourite due to his commanding displays in midfield, his form dipped dramatically last season as Chelsea limped to a tenth placed finish in the Premier League.

Juve will keep keep tabs on the situation, but will be hoping that the Blues will lower their valuation in the near future.

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