Jose Mourinho has identified Nemanja Matic as their next summer signing in this window. The United boss was close to getting him earlier this month, before the arrival of Lukaku changed everything.
Since Jose snatched Lukaku from Chelsea’s grasp, Conte has refused to do any more business with the Portuguese. But it looks like Chelsea owner, Roman Abrahimovic, will consider United’s offer, provided they pay more than 50 million.
The United boss is huge fan of Maic,, as the former Benfica man was signed by Jose when the Portuguese returned to the helm of Chelsea in January 2014.
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Matic was an integral part of the Chelsea team that won the Premier League under Jose in the 2014-15 season. But he is deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, as Conte somehow did not fancy him at all.
The arrival of Kante as well as the addition of Monaco’s Bakayoko has made Matic dispensable for Conte, which is why Jose has swooped in for his former midfield general.
The Matic-Fabregas partnership was the engine room that powered Jose to his last Premier League title, and now he is looking to replicate that at Old Trafford. At 28, Matic is bought in to replace Micheal Carrick.
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The Englishman, who has served United wonderfully over the last decade, is on his last legs which is why the arrival of Matic makes sense. Agreed, Matic was awful in Jose’s last season at Chelsea, but then again we can say that about almost every player in that Chelsea squad.
But Jose still has faith in Matic, which is why he is willing to pay 50 Million for the defensive mid fielder. Jose will look to build his team around a Matic-Pogba-Herrera combination, which should provide a solid platform going forward.
Let’s see what happens!