Juventus favourites to sign Nemanja Matic after he stays off Chelsea tour

• Matic gets Chelsea go-ahead to miss trip to China and Singapore
• Internazionale also keen on midfielder but Juve deal may be easier to seal

Chelsea have given Nemanja Matic permission to join Diego Costa in missing their tour of China and Singapore as the Serbia midfielder attempts to smooth his departure from the club.

Antonio Conte’s squad leave for Beijing on Monday, with the decision to omit Matic an indication a move from Stamford Bridge is imminent. Juventus and Internazionale have expressed interest in signing the 28-year-old, with Manchester United’s pursuit of the player to be resisted by Chelsea after Romelu Lukaku’s decision to move to Old Trafford.

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