But Barcelona are interested in the player…
Chelsea are ready to hand midfield star Nemanja Matic a new contract, but need to do it quickly, with Barcelona thought to be interested in the Serbian.
The Blues are desperate to tie the player down to a new deal and want it done by the end of the season.
However, representatives of player are in no rush to commit his future to Chelsea any time soon, and are waiting to see what offers come in.
Barcelona are in the market for a player who is able to cover for Sergio Busquets and the club view Matic as a potential candidate due to his physicality and ability to score goals.
It’s reported that Antonio Conte sees Matic as a key figure in his midfield and wants the 28-year-old to commit to a new contract as soon as possible.
But while a potential move to Barcelona is believed to excite Matic, Chelsea are willing to offer the Serb a significant salary increase, which could see him decide to stay at Stamford Bridge rather than be tempted by a move to La Liga.
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10