Conte drops Costa, Matic from Chelsea's pre-season tour

Manchester United are waiting for a definitive answer from Chelsea over Nemanja Matic

Manchester United are waiting for a definitive answer from Chelsea over Nemanja Matic

Today, Arsenal and Chelsea are in talks over a stunning swap deal... Matic is due to speak with the Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia in the hope a deal can be reached, with the club more willing to sanction the sale now Tiémoué Bakayoko has joined from Monaco for £39.7m subject to a medical.

The Gunners are keen for the 23-year-old to stay but speculation suggests The Ox is ready for a new challenge and it seems Arsene Wenger is now trying to use him as bait to get his hands on Matic.

And there appears to be no way back for Costa after he was told by Antonio Conte he was not in his plans for the upcoming season.

The Italian is looking for a winger who can operate in the wing-back position in his 3-4-3 formation, and the former Southampton man fits the bill.

Therefore, Chelsea are likely to be tempted by the opportunity to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer but it remains to be seen whether they'd be prepared to let Matic join their London rivals.

Both players have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with Manchester United interested in the 28-year-old Matic and Atletico Madrid potential suitors for Spain striker Costa.

Matic, who is wanted by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, is valued at £40m by Chelsea and was targeted by Juve last summer.

Sky Sport Italia reports that the Nerazzurri will have to beat Juventus in the race to sign Matic, as the Bianconeri have made signing the midfielder a top priority.

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