Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, is set to sign Nemanja Matic for a fee of £40m by the end of this week. The player is said to have agreed to personal terms with the club, where he is set to earn around £150,000 a week. The midfielder is set to travel with the squad when they go on their preseason tour to the United States on the 9th of July.
The 54-year-old manager signed Matic in 2014 for £21m, when he was the manager at Chelsea where the player helped the team lift the Premier League title. The player is being seen as a replacement for Michael Carrick, who will be turning 36 next month. The Serbian could also be a step up on the highly controversial Marouane Fellaini, who isn’t the most liked at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are looking to bring in three more players following their purchase of Swedish centre back Victor Lindelof, Matic being one of those. Another is Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, though a deal is unlikely to be reached until the future of David De Gea is known, which is close according to the Man United rumours. With Real Madrid thinking this is the transfer period that they are finally able to purchase the player, though United still don’t want to let the Spaniard go.
With Matic set to leave Chelsea, it means that Conte should be able to keep the likes of Cesc Fabregas and make a few more additions, one of which is likely to be Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko. Another is Juventus’s Alex Sandro, who will set into Chelsea’s formation well as a left sided midfielder who can play as a left wing-back. Though the player is set to cost around £55m, which would be a record signing for Chelsea.
The Chelsea wants to bring the player in as an improvement for Marcos Alonso, who played regularly for Chelsea in the left back position last season, the only reported weak link in the Premier League winning side.