Manchester United have been given the green light to move for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic with the Premier League champions primed to complete a £35m deal for AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to reports.
The Frenchman, who enjoyed a sensational campaign under Leonardo Jardim, emerged on the radar of several Premier League sides – including Man United – ahead of the summer.
And with Chelsea the fastest out of the blocks to sign the 22-year-old, attention turned towards the possibility of signing Matic – with whom Mourinho, responsible for bringing him to Chelsea, still enjoys a good relationship – instead.
And according to the Mail Online‘s Sami Mokbel, Matic is keen on working with the Portuguese once again, with Antonio Conte willing to listen to offers once Bakayoko completes a move.
The Chelsea boss, at least in my view, is taking a gamble here: switching the midfield stalwart of Matic, an established force in the Premier League, for the undoubtedly talented but still largely untested Bakayoko could come back to haunt him, especially if he does end up going to Old Trafford.
Matic would hardly need any time to acclimatise to life at Old Trafford: he understands the manager and indeed knows this league inside out.
In a way, I can’t help but feel as if Roman Abramovich would never make a deal that benefits a rival – and Mourinho specifically – to such an extent.