Jose Mourinho insatiable taste for quality and established players consistently makes him one of the biggest spenders of the transfer window and despite spending well over £100million to sign Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, the ‘Special One’ is poised to sign two more players.
Since the departure of Wayne Rooney, Man United have been linked with several midfielders but it is Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic who tops Mourinho’s targets for midfielders. The Portuguese tactician resigned Matic to Chelsea in his second spell and he was a mainstay in the middle of the pack for the Blues at that time.
Manchester United may have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of the Serbian midfielder after he was left of Chelsea’s squad that traveled to Asia for their pre-season tour.
Like Diego Costa, Matic seem not to be in Antonio Conte’s grand scheme of plans for the upcoming season and he has been training alone to keep fit. Chelsea’s signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko further confirmed Conte’s desire to revamp his midfield.
There were a number of Chelsea’s academy player but the fill squad include Thibaut Courtois, Willy Caballero, Eduardo, Marcin Bulka Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Tomas Kalas, Jake Clarke-Salter, Fikayo Tomori, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Mario Pasalic, Lewis Baker, Kyle Scott, Pedro, Willian, Kenedy, Charly Musonda Jr, Jeremie Boga, Michy Batshuayi, Loic Remy but Nemanja Matic who is a senior team member was conspicuously absent.
Man United can now make offers for the player but there is no telling if the Blues will accept Man United’s offer for him.
“We need more, we wanted four, so I would say 50 per cent of the job is done but I don’t want to say that because everything is so difficult. Mourinho said after the Red Devils 5-2 win over LA Galaxy on Sunday
“I would like to be in Ed Woodward’s position negotiating because everything is really difficult, so maybe we don’t get two, we get one but we need one more to give us more options.
Matic is valued at €35million.