It’s open knowledge that Nemanja Matic has left Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford, following the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco. The Serbia international was instrumental to our cruise to the title last season, partnering with N’Golo Kante at the heart of our midfield to create a strong center, but he’s been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte, along with Costa and a handful of other players who have either been offloaded completely or loaned out.
With the reality surrounding Matic’s life at Chelsea at the moment, and his value as a player, it’s evident that an outright sale was the best outcome. A few clubs were said to be keen on securing his services, including Juventus, AC Milan and Manchester United, but the latter seems the likelier destination for the Serbian, all things considered. He was brought back to Chelsea by United’s manager, Jose during his second spell at our club, and United seem in dire need of a holding player.
Chelsea were reluctant to sell to United for the same reason the latter refused to sell Rooney to us years ago; we’re in direct competition with each other, and the league is really about out- doing the competition. However, Jose seems very keen on getting Matic, and I don’t see why we can’t sell to them with the transfer fee being huge enough and the transfer window getting to a close in a month’s time.
Matic might have helped us to the league last season, but I believe he’s not exactly the same man he was 2014/15. Without the presence of Kante in our midfield last season, I doubt we’d have been as good as we were. With that drop in his performance, I don’t see how much difference he would make to another team — at least, we have a better replacement In Bakayoko.
His £40million valuation is also another good reason to sell him. We can put that money to good use, especially seeing as we need more depth in the wing-back areas, and they don’t come cheap these days. Our involvement in one more competition this season will require we have more back up players, but I’m sure that Conte has it all planned out. The only other club that seemed interested in Matic is Juve, but even they were not willing to pay his valuation. If United were the only serious club ready to take him, I don’t see why it can’t happen, especially seeing as it wouldn’t be the first time we’ll sell to them or any rival at that. Juan Mata and Petr Cech are the latest players to have moved from Chelsea to other Premier League clubs, and if their exit did not affect our structure, I doubt it would matter this time.