Nemanja Matic has been the subject of transfer talks for some time now, and with the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, the Serbian midfielder, whose move was kept on hold till the 22-year-old’s arrival, is free to pursue his future elsewhere.
Since the player has been expected to leave Stamford Bridge for a while, he is being targeted as a prospective target by two major Italian clubs – Juventus and Internazionale. But according to reports, he has his heart set on a move to Chelsea’s title rivals, Manchester United.
According to reports from The Sun, the 28-year-old has given his current club a 48-hour deadline to make a decision regarding his next move.
Chelsea are in a fix at the moment, as they would prefer to sell one of their good players to a club outside England rather than allowing a direct move to their rivals.
It was previously understood that the Blues were not so averse to the idea of Matic moving to Manchester. But with the growing threat of strong signings being made by Jose Mourinho, apart from a swoop for their former player and prime transfer target Romelu Lukaku from right under their noses, has angered their management.
Matic seems to be very interested in reuniting with his former boss, and hence, is willing to take the big step of putting his feet down to force a decision by the club.
Manchester United are also keeping a close eye on other targets, like Tottenham Hotspurs’s Eric Dier. A few reports claim that Jose has been advised to choose only one among Dier and Matic, and with a cheaper price tag on the latter, a serious bid worth around £40 million can be expected.
The value for the Chelsea midfielder, though, can soar higher, considering the Turin-based club’s interest. And with Conte looking to bring Juventus’ Sandro into his squad, one can expect a smooth deal involving an indirect exchange of players.
All being said, Matic is currently staying back at London with Diego Costa, both of whom are trying to solder a deal for themselves, as their club travels to Asia for the pre-season tour.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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