Chelsea Set To Battle Real Madrid For £42m-Rated Midfielder

By on July 4, 2013

With the summer transfer window set to open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Chelsea face fight to land Matic.

Chelsea are set to go head-to-head with Real Madrid over the signing of Benfica’s highly-rated midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to the Metro.

The 24-year-old spent two unsuccessful seasons in west London between 2009-2011 that saw him only make 2 appearances for the first team before moving to Portugal from Chelsea in January 2011 as part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge.

He’s gone on to rejuvenate his career at Benfica, helping them push Porto all the way in the title race last season as well as putting in an eye-catching display against Chelsea in the Europa League final.

The Metro claim new Blues boss Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of the midfielders and he’s understood to be keen on bringing him in this summer as he re-shapes his squad ahead of an assault on the Premier League next season.

John Obi Mikel’s future at the Bridge has come under question following Mourinho’s arrival and a potential switch to Galatasaray could leave a hole in the Chelsea squad, and Matic could be the ideal candidate to fill it.

However, it seems Chelsea won’t have things all their own way with the report suggesting Mourinho’s former side Real Madrid are also hot on the trail of the Serbian international with new boss Carlo Ancelotti believed to also be a huge fan.

Chelsea have previous with Benfica having signed both Luiz and Ramires from them in recent years and they will no doubt hope their strong relationship will work in their favour in any negotiations, but the Metro claim the Portuguese outfit are determined to hang on to Matic and will demand the full value of his £42m release clause, which is likely to deter both the Blues and Madrid.

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6 Comments

  1. chukwukasolomon

    July 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    2 me a lot of team are looking 2 hve mikel in their team but look at chelsea is playing wth what they hve at times some disapiontment is blessing,this mikel issue is blessing in disguise,he should go @ shine in any team the way he shine at conferdration cup,blues is killing his telent,2 match in conferdration cup he got a goal that looks as best goal of tournment but in chelsea he cant score so 2 me is good wish,i think they hve go 4 matic the same way the will come back 2 him

  2. B-n nwanekwu nnanwa

    July 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    What’s chelsea going to with all this midfilders?

  3. Channel chimala

    July 5, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Arsenal why cant we have John Obi Mikel he z such a good Defencv midfilder he wl b a good replacement for Song

  4. nuel

    July 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

    is right time we learn how to use what we have well,not lavishing money,to me we dont need esecive buyer this time cos we have all we need ecept striker so please please

  5. Han0ck

    July 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Let us keep Mikel Obi and 0nly buy tw0 strikers.We have al0t 0f midfielders at the m0ment,s0 why d0 we wan’t. Just t0 spend money f0r fun.N0w 0nly g00d tactics are needed.

  6. olasco d blues

    July 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Chelsea do sum mistak at a time they dont knw wat the value of wat they av 4 nw until they loose him mikel is a player whch w always ned at chelsea 4 me matic is nt our need but striker w need hot fast attacker lyk our hero Didier Drogba

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