Manchester United have reportedly reached a ‘verbal agreement’ over personal terms with Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja regarding a potential summer switch to Old Trafford and a reunion for former boss Jose Mourinho.
United have often been linked with the Serbian international, who formed a key part of Mourinho’s 2014/15 Chelsea title winning team, ever since the Portuguese coach first arrived in Manchester last year.
MEN suggesting Man Utd have verbally agreed personal terms with Nemanja Matic. I’m not sure I’m on board with this. Never liked him. pic.twitter.com/mwkBcf0Wbw
— Jamie Spencer (@jamiespencer155) June 23, 2017
It was claimed earlier this week that Chelsea’s progress in their pursuit of Monaco talent Tiemoue Bakayoko could prompt a Matic exit, and an update from the Manchester Evening News has since suggested that he has indicated he would accept an offer from United.
According to the local newspaper, all that would need to agreed is a formal transfer fee with Chelsea. Direct rivals rarely do business with each other, but there is at least some precedent here after the west Londoners were willing to see Juan Mata to United in January 2014.
It remains to be seen how the alleged agreement with Matic ties into United’s strongly rumoured interest in Monaco’s Fabinho. The Brazilian is said to be the subject of a €35m agreement between United and the new French champions, and has even personally commented on the ‘tempting’ opportunity.
It seems unlikely that United will buy both players, with Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini already vying for central midfield places next season.
Speculatively, one could perhaps suggest that Mourinho and the United hierarchy may work on both deals to a point of near completion before deciding which is a better fit for their needs.