Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic will attempt to force through a move to Manchester United in the wake of AS Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko’s move to Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The 28-year-old was seemingly set for a move to Old Trafford last month after reports claimed that a £40m fee had been agreed between the two clubs.
However, with Man United snatching Romelu Lukaku from under Chelsea’s nose and Antonio Conte wary of Bakayoko missing the start of the season, the move has been blocked by the champions.
But with Bakayoko set to complete his medical with Chelsea, Matic and his representatives have held talks with the club’s hierarchy in an attempt to force through a move to Old Trafford.
Every fibre in Conte’s body will detest the idea of doing Mourinho any more favours this summer, but when the Italian calms down from the whole Lukaku ordeal and looks at things more broadly, he will realise that, actually, in the long term, selling Matic to United is the best thing he can do.
The Serbian, after all, only has two years left on his contract and will not receive the same offer currently on the table next year, especially if Matic endures a season wanting to be somewhere else and largely on the sidelines.
£40m for a 28-year-old with little time left at Stamford Bridge is an attractive deal, and one that will help Conte look for another midfielder – possibly Alex Sandro – before the 2017/18 campaign begins.