Nemanja Matic to be sold by Chelsea for £40 million

Manchester United midfield target Nemanja Matic is keen to force a transfer to the Old Trafford club this summer according to the Daily Mail. The 28-year-old has been linked to Jose Mourinho’s side for much of the summer and was tipped to be signing for his former manager a few weeks back, nothing materialising obviously. On Thursday Chelsea agreed a switch for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, a player who just a few days ago was said to be on his way to United, despite the club not being in for the midfielder. This was suggested as a leak by the Stamford Bridge club as a way, albeit a pathetic one, to get one over United for them stealing Romelu Lukaku from under their noses a week ago.

United are thought to be interested in signing Matic to strengthen the defensive midfield role with Michael Carrick the only experienced player in that area heading into the new season. Timothy Fosu-Mensah could play that role, but as inexperienced as he is would be a gamble, but a good one to make in my opinion. Still, Mourinho is more qualified for this sort of think so my thoughts mean nothing. The newspaper has stated that the Serbian has expressed his desire to leave to the hierarchy at Chelsea and hopes a resolution can be made before the weekend. Matic has Premier League experience and with United seemingly looking to sign Eric Dier, according to reports at least, also having the door slammed in their faces by Tottenham Hotspur, Matic may well be the answer.

Inter Milan have shown an interest in Matic but it is reported that the Serie A club will struggle to match his salary demands and contractual request, seemingly leaving United in the driving seat for the defensive midfielder who during Mourinho’s last Premier League title win with the Stamford Bridge club, was intrinsic to that accomplishment. Mourinho trusts the midfielder and despite his age, he could offer something to this United team who are setting themselves up for a Premier League title challenge this coming season. Roma’s Radja Nainggolan has been suggested as a possible target for Mourinho this summer, but despite what the player has been saying to bring to the attention of a possible transfer, the Italian club suggested he’s not for sale.

The Sun reported on Thursday afternoon that Matic could be sold by Chelsea for a £40 million fee this summer. The report has stated that the player is currently training on his own within Chelsea’s training ground, which suggests he is on the move and not to be involved in the current training regime ahead of the new season in which the club will be looking to retain their Premier League crown. United were thought to have sealed the transfer last month, but after United signing of Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku, the relationship between the two clubs seems to have soured even more. It is suggested that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte would prefer Matic to be sold to Italy this summer but that may not happen.

It is time for Chelsea to cash in on the player and let him head to Old Trafford if the interest is not a smokescreen like Alvaro Morata seems to be for the Lukaku deal to be completed.

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