Manchester United will be linked to a host of high-profile players over the forthcoming weeks following the departure of Louis van Gaal.
While the Red Devils don’t have Champions League football to offer for next season, they will soon have Jose Mourinho to attract Europe’s superstars.
Here at GiveMeSport, we’ve already taken a guess at what Mourinho’s starting line-up might look like come August - check that out by clicking HERE - but it turns out the XI could feature one of his former Chelsea players.
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According to the Daily Mail, the Portuguese coach wants to sign Nemanja Matic, the Serbia international whose performances took an unexpected nose-dive this season.
Matic was instrumental in helping Chelsea win the Premier League title last term - playing in 36 of the Blues’ 38 league matches - but the 27-year-old was unable to replicate those talismanic displays during the 2015-16 campaign.
Matic would cost over £25m
Nevertheless, Mourinho clearly feels Matic would be an excellent addition to the current United squad; a player who could strengthen the spine of the Red Devils’ team.
The Daily Mail’s report adds that Chelsea would look for a fee in excess of £25 million if Mourinho attempts to sign the central midfielder - although it’s hard to envisage the Blues agreeing to strengthen a direct rival, regardless of the offer on the table.
Moreover, there’s every chance Antonio Conte will want to keep Matic at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future.
Mourinho also wants John Stones
It’s understood that Mourinho will be handed up to £200 million to strengthen his new squad this summer.
As well as Matic, Mourinho is also keen to sign Everton defender John Stones, who will cost around the £45 million mark.
The next United manager attempted to sign the England international while still in his role as Chelsea head coach last summer.
But if his pursuit of Stones’ signature once again ends in failure, an alternative would be Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, who would reportedly cost around £35 million to sign.
Bad news for Morgan Schneiderlin?
If Matic signs, it would leave big question marks over the future of United’s French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
The 26-year-old has arguably been United’s best midfielder this season, however, and fans might be disappointed if Matic’s arrival left him out of the starting line-up.
Manchester United fans: would Nemanja Matic be a decent signing for your team? Have your say by leaving a comment below.