With an eye on firmly set on the future, this season’s Europa League winners Manchester United are thought to be mulling about launching a sensational bid for Chelsea’s holding midfielder Nemanja Matic.
The intriguing development comes just some months after reports in England have emerged that the West London giants are preparing to offer the Serbian international a new contract – Matic’s current deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit is set to run until the summer of 2019.
The new deal will see Matic’s wages increase by a whopping £30,000 – taking his wages close to £93,000 per week.
The former Vitesse and Benfica midfielder was thought to be close to signing a new deal but has postponed inking his signature on the dotted line indefinitely. Matic’s reluctance to sign a new contract is believed to be coming from the uncertainty of his role in the team in the coming season. Indeed, despite clocking in an impressive 35 appearances in the Premier League last season, speculation is going rampant that Matic may no longer be in the first-team come the next season, with competition in the middle of the park set to intensify as manager Antonio Conte is set to bring in reinforcements.
It appears the Serbian international wants assurances over his spot in the first-team – something Chelsea are not willing to give, and now the two parties are in stalemate.
Enter United manager Jose Mourinho, who has been a long-time fan of the midfield general. Inside sources have revealed that United are planning a move for Matic in the upcoming transfer window, with the Reds eager to strengthen their midfield following their mediocre showing in the league last season, according to news sports outlet Calcio Mercato.
Such a move, however, would make absolutely no sense. United already have three players capable of playing in the Paul Scholes-esque central midfield role: Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, and Michael Carrick. If need be, should the Portuguese tactician opt for a double defensive midfielder formation, he can call upon the services of Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in those roles, and they will do more than enough.
Bringing in the battling midfielder, who will surely come with a hefty price tag – his current value is said to be close to £30-million – simply defies all logic.
As it stands, United do not need a midfielder. They need a striker, especially with captain Wayne Rooney no longer in his prime, and superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumoured to be thinking about an Old Trafford exit.
Should United end up signing Matic, it would be a bad piece of business for the club, and will affirm the thoughts of many that Mourinho has lost it as a manager.