Man Utd Close to Signing Chelsea Midfielder ‘Nemanja’

تم نشره في Sun 30 July / Jul 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Nemanja Matic was left out of Chelsea's pre-season tour of the Far East by manager Antonio Conte

Manchester United are close to signing Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for GBP40 million.

Matic, 28, would be United's third summer buy - following GBP31 million defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and GBP75 million striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

It will be the second time United manager Jose Mourinho has bought Matic, having signed him for Chelsea.

Mourinho spent GBP21 million in January 2014 to buy the player from Benfica for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Matic had been valued at less than GBP5 million in January 2011 when he left Chelsea as a makeweight in the deal for defender David Luiz.

The midfielder scored once in 35 Premier League appearances during Chelsea's title-winning 2016-17 season - but also struck spectacularly in their FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham in April.

His exit had been expected after the Blues signed France international Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, from French champions Monaco in a reported GBP40 million deal earlier this month.

Italian champions Juventus were also understood to be keen on Matic.