Manchester United have dismissed reports suggesting that Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic has reached a verbal agreement with the club.
The 28-year-old, brought to Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho in 2014, is reportedly open to working with the Portuguese again.
M.E.N recently reported that, following Chelsea’s capture of AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Matic had agreed personal terms with Man United in response.
But the Telegraph has claimed that United quickly ruled out any verbal agreement with the two-time Premier League champion.
I’m sure you, the reader, know by now that a club pushing back on a particular news item often suggests that, somewhat paradoxically, there is indeed some substance to the story. The closer to the truth one gets, the harder they are pushed away.
The transfer window moves quickly and without any specific destination in mind, and stories that once had credence can be wiped out in an instant, but the status quo at the time of writing revolves around a confluence of Monaco’s Fabinho and Matic being close to a move to Old Trafford.
Only one will end up actually moving to United: the former claimed that he was a Monaco player “at the moment’ while the imminent arrival of Bakayoko points towards Matic – who maintains a strong relationship with Mourinho – heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door.
United fans can prepare themselves for an exciting few days in the transfer window.