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Arsenal could still rival United in chase for £50m rated Serbian star

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Arsenal are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

It was claimed a couple of weeks ago, by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, that the Gunners were lining up the Serbian international as part of a swap deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but since then, there has been no further confirmation from a more reliable source that Arsenal were looking at the 28 year old.

Arsene Wenger’s willingness to sell Mohamed Elneny, after accepting a £10m bid from Leicester City for the Egyptian, suggests the Gunners are indeed looking out for another holding midfield player this summer.

Matic has been deemed surplus to requirements by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco to replace him. Manchester United are believed to be front runners for the Serbian but it looks like the Blues are reluctant to do business with the Red Devils. U

United beat Chelsea to the signing of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, and it has reportedly led to owner Roman Abramovich placing a £50m price tag on the player if he wishes to leave for Old Trafford.

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