On the back of a catastrophic 2015-16 campaign, there are growing fears that Chelsea could lose a number of their key players this summer.
Such rumours have been augmented by the arrival of ex-Blues manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. The Special One has been linked with a raid for Willian and Nemanja Matic over the course of the transfer window.
The latter proves the more frequented and realistic deal with a United bid seemingly proving an inevitability. However, for these three reasons, losing Matic to the Red Devils may be a blessing in disguise.
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The Serbian midfielder has endured a nightmarish season at Stamford Bridge and proved one of the club’s biggest flops. It proved a sharp fall from his imperious outings during 2014-15.
While immortal footballing wisdom reiterates that class is permanent, such stagnant form doesn’t bode well ahead of next season.
Besides, the mid-season managerial switch from Mourinho to Guus Hiddink did little to revitalize Matic’s form. Consequently, there can be no guarantees that the move to Antonio Conte will do the 27-year-old any favours.
Matic had been in superb form not long ago but all recent evidence suggests he is on the wane. The Serbian has produced little to muster a case for him staying, Chelsea would simply be offloading a player bogged down in fumbling form.
Despite his recent poor showings, Matic still wields a solid reputation and a subsequently weighty transfer valuation. With the Serbian not cutting the mustard at Chelsea currently, there’s certainly reason to cash out while they can.
Manchester United are the overriding team linked and given their vast riches, the Blues could force a considerable fee from the Red Devils.
If Mourinho is as itching for Matic as certain publications believe, Chelsea could make a handsome profit. In light of potential arrivals and recent form, economic gain may take precedence over player quality in this particular move.
The centre of midfield is perhaps the area of Chelsea’s squad that needs the most work and consequently numerous stars have been linked with a move to west London.
With N’Golo Kante and Radja Nainggolan just two defensive midfielders linked, Matic’s place in the side is becoming increasingly threatened. It’s hard to see where the 27-year-old fits in with such superb players being sought after.
The bottom line is that the majority of these potential signings are simply better than Matic on recent performances. Even if we were to venture back to 2014, it’s questionable whether he would supersede Nainggolan.
With at least one top quality central midfielder set to arrive, the Serbian’s void would be quickly filled. Besides, if such a big signing is confirmed, there would seem little motive to retain Matic.
While selling Matic to rivals Manchester United may not appear an ideal scenario, there are more positives from such an exchange than you would think. Given the aforementioned reasons, accommodating this transfer may actually benefit the Blues.
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