Jose Mourinho’s determination to strengthen his Manchester United midfield saw him identify former charge Nemanja Matic. The 28-year-old edged toward a summer exit after Chelsea’s 1 – 2 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal and was given the keys to the door when Tiemoue Bakayoko was signed from Monaco.
Now Chelsea have told their former manager that he can reunite with his midfield stalwart but the fee will be in the region of £50m, according to the Daily Star. It’s higher than previously thought with the Blues unforgiving of the Portuguese for stealing Romelu Lukaku, 24, from under their noses.
The club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, sanctioned Matic’s departure and approved the ‘tax’ levied on the deal with United. It’s nothing new as Tottenham operated a similar policy in the past over the deals which took Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford.
Mourinho is still keen on adding depth as United return to the Champions League for the first time since David Moyes season in charge of the club. Along with that, he wants a top four finish, if not a title challenge.
The Red Devils were difficult to beat last season and pulled together a 23-match unbeaten run. It was filled with too many draws, which much be converted to wins. Matic’s arrival would enable Paul Pogba, 24, to venture further forward and add more creativity to his game.