Man Utd Eye Move Former Chelsea Midfielder
Manchester United are lining up a summer move for former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic just 2 years after he left England for Benfica, according to reports
Despite the transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Manchester United are linked with a move for Nemanja Matic.
Manchester United are lining up a summer move for former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic just 2 years after he left England for Benfica, according to the Express.
The 24-year-old joined Chelsea in 2009 but struggled to make a breakthrough, making just two league appearances and was shipped out on loan to Vitesse Arnham for the 2010/11 season. The Serbian midfielder was sold to Benfica in January 2011 as part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge but he was allowed to see-out the remaining months of his loan with Vitesse before officially moving to Portugal in the summer of 2011.
Matic has since flourished and has been a key player as Benfica march towards the league title this campaign, and it seems his impressive form has alerted United with the Express claiming Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping a close eye on the player as he lines up potential summer midfield targets.
The newspaper suggests Ferguson is also interested in PSV’s Kevin Strootman and may be forced to move for the Dutch international instead of Matic as Benfica will demand a sizable transfer fee for the former Blues man – who has a huge £38m release clause.
With Paul Scholes expected to retire this summer and doubts continuing over the long-term future of Darren Fletcher due to his bowel condition, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see United bring in a central midfielder this summer but it seems the champions-elect may have to dig deep if they’re to sign Nemanja Matic.
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