Enforcer reaches agreement to sign for Man United two months after settling personal terms - report
By Harry Sykes
Nemanja Matic has agreed the terms of a transfer to Manchester United two months after settling personal terms, according to a report.
The Manchester Evening News claim the Chelsea midfield enforcer underwent a medical at United’s Carrington training complex on Sunday ahead of completing a move to the club.
It is said United could announce Matic’s arrival today (Sunday) or tomorrow in a deal that is expected to cost over £40million.
The M.E.N. report that Matic, who turns 29 on Tuesday, verbally agreed to join United over two months ago after manager Jose Mourinho targeted him as the midfield shield to protect the defence.
The 31-times Serbia international was integral to Chelsea’s title triumphs in 2017 and 2015, the latter of which was under Mourinho, who took him back to Stamford Bridge in January 2014 for a second spell after a fee of around £22million was agreed with Benfica.
Football Insider verdict:
The transfer pieces are beginning to fall into place for Mourinho. Proven goalscorer entering his peak years? Tick. Rock-solid centre-back who can play twice a week? Tick. Midfield enforcer who can protect the defence and start off attacks in a way that has been the hallmark of veteran Michael Carrick for the past decade? Tick. Finally. It has taken some time, but United have got there with the Matic deal, and he will reunite with Mourinho after playing a key role in Chelsea’s 2015 title before everything turned sour.
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