Nemanja Matic
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Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to ESPN.

As per ESPN, Matic has been placed top of Jose Mourinho’s transfer wish-list, as The Special One looks to strengthen his midfield this summer. ESPN believe that, despite Chelsea selling one of their finest talents to a direct rival seems improbable, the deal could defy the odds and materialise very soon.

ESPN believe that Chelsea are close to finalising the signing of AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who in many ways would be a like-for-like replacement for Matic in the middle of the park.

It is reported that United are preparing to complete the £40M signing of Matic, and it could be done as soon as next week. On the surface of it, this looks like it could be one of those naive decisions from the Chelsea board, that may well come back to bite us in the backside in the future.

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