Manchester United Close To Finally Securing Nemanja Matic Deal
Despite a lengthy delay, it appears that Nemanja Matic is finally set to sign for Manchester United
Sky Sports have broken the news in the last hour that the Serbian midfielder is close to leaving Stamford Bridge, a move that has been widely expected since Chelsea signed Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko earlier this summer.
Matic was reported as being close to a move to Old Trafford a month ago, when a £40 million deal worth £155,000-per-week was apparently set to be sealed.
Di Marzio says despite Juve's interest, Matic only wants Manchester United. Move is very close, with talks ongoing. Moving onto 4th signing.- Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) July 30, 2017
However, following United swiping top Blues target Romelu Lukaku from under Chelsea's noses, the Premier League champions reportedly became a bit more difficult with Ed Woodward and co, making them wait for a deal on the former Benfica midfielder, with Jose Mourinho also monitoring alternative deals for Tottenham's Eric Dier and Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker.
Matic liked by #mufc long before Mourinho appointment. An underrated midfielder who recovered from 2015-16 brilliantly last season.- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 30, 2017
Perception of Matic online is skewed by poor FA Cup final display and others' Fabinho fixation. He's a logical signing by Mourinho. #mufc- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 30, 2017
Matic agreed to join #mufc months ago. Chelsea have been awkward but not a surprise after United clinched the Lukaku deal.- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 30, 2017
However, one month and an extra £10 million later and it appears Matic will indeed become a United player, albeit for £50 million rather than the £40 million the Old Trafford club had initially hoped to part with for the Serbian's services.
It will be the second time Jose Mourinho has signed Matic, with the Portuguese manager bringing the 28-year-old back to Stamford Bridge from Benfica in January 2014.
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