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Manchester United scout Benfica midfield maestro

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Portuguese giants Benfica have reportedly slapped a £20million price tag on Manchester United target Nemanja Matic, according to the Daily Mirror.

United,who were unable to secure a marquee signing in the summer transfer window are looking to bolster their midfield after Marouane Fellaini has constantly failed to deliver. 

Matic has played for Chelsea but was transferred to Benfica two seasons ago, when he was involved in a swap deal with David Luiz.

He only played a limited amount of appearances under the then Chelsea gaffer Carlo Ancelotti and his only appearance came against the Queens Park Rangers in a 1-1 draw.

But the 25-year-old Serbian has done a fantastic job in getting his career back on track at Benfica.

Matić's debut for the Serbia under-21 team came in a match against Denmark on October 11 2008. After three matches and two goals for the Serbia under-21 squad, he was called up to the Serbian senior squad and made his debut in a friendly against Poland on December 14 2008 in a 1–0 loss.

He even scored two goals in 11 appearances for the Serbian U-21 side. Matic has become an integral part of the Benfica side and without him the side will be United without Rooney or Chelsea without Oscar.

And United are looking to prepare a bid in the region of £40million for the powerhouse Serbian midfielder, who is being scouted by United in Benfica's previous two games.

Moyes is apparently hugely keen to freshen up his dwindling midfield. Moyes is said to have made up his mind about Matic following the dire performance of Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley last weekend versus Cardiff City, and is now prepared to meet Benfica’s massive transfer clause for the midfielder.

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