Manchester United are on the brink of signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to the Guardian.
Matic has been a cornerstone in two title-wins during his second-spell at Stamford Bridge, and made 35 Premier League appearances last term. However, that does not appear to have convinced Antonio Conte to keep him as part of his squad for next season.
The Guardian believe that Matic has already agreed personal terms with Man United, and will earn around £155K-a-week at Old Trafford. It is reported that Jose Mourinho is desperate to re-sign the Serb, and will part with a fee in the region of £40M to ensure that the deal goes through.
As per the Guardian, Matic’s departure from SW6 means that Cesc Fabregas is likely to remain a Blue, with Tiemoue Bakayoko also potentially arriving from AS Monaco.
On the surface of it, selling Matic to a direct rival may seem like a strange move, but there is plenty of logic behind it, as we discussed on Monday.