Manchester United have made initial contact with Chelsea over the availability of Nemanja Matic, according to Gianluca di Marzio.
The 27-year-old Serbian re-joined Chelsea from SL Benfica in 2014 having previously been sold and he went on to be a key player in Jose Mourinho’s title winning side in that same year.
It’s extremely typical of managers to go back to their former clubs and try to bring a player or two with them to their new team. David Moyes did it with Marouane Fellaini and it sounds like Mourinho is entertaining the idea of bringing Matic with him to Old Trafford.
Nobody expected Man United to be linked with a move for him but we were previously linked heavily prior to him returning to Chelsea but things have changed now.
From my perspective, Matic is far too similar to Morgan Schneiderlin in his style of play. We’ve already got Morgan and I’d be far happier to see him take a central role next season rather than signing another player who is so similar to him. We certainly need strengthening in midfield but not in that particular role.
Woud I consider Matic a bad signing? Not in terms of his quality, I think he’s a decent player, but I would in terms of what we need to sign this summer. Schneiderlin wasn’t given enough regular playing time to excel under Louis van Gaal but I have every confidence he will be fantastic next season and after a few years of failing to concentrate on our priorities in the market, I’d like to see that change under Mourinho.