Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United earlier this month for a fee worth around £40 million and for many, it was a bad sale from the reigning champions.
Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville has warned that the sale of Matic to United could hand the title to United and weaken Chelsea.
“If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid. You would applaud that but those players aren’t even at the club now.
“They have weakened their own team and strengthened Manchester United, who now have a better chance of winning the Premier League than Chelsea.
“United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic. He is probably the best in England alongside N’Golo Kante.
“Chelsea have broken up that partnership and strengthened their rivals. All of a sudden United are in the driving seat ahead of Chelsea to win the Premier League.”
The former Everton and United star Neville added: “Chelsea are weaker than last season – no Diego Costa, no Matic – and I’m concerned for them.”