Chelsea place 'Lukaku tax' on Manchester United's move for Nemanja Matic

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

Chelsea are prepared to sell Nemanja Matic to rivals Manchester United - as long as they meet their £50m asking price.

United are closing in on a deal for the Serbia worldwide after their initial £35million bid was turned down, with Jose Mourinho targeting a reunion with the defensive midfielder. The third bid was understood to be close to £40m (€45m).

Under the Portuguese tutelage, Matic won the league and League Cup both in 2015, as he helped the Blues win their first league title in 5 years.

United have continued to chip away, bidding £30m and then nearly £40m but, in the context of an inflated market, the offers have served only to irritate Levy. Dier lost his place as Tottenham's first-choice defensive midfielder to Victor Wanyama last season and he has been open to the prospect of the move to Old Trafford, where Mourinho would play him in his preferred position.

But the report adds Dier "has not allowed the situation to affect him", with Mauricio Pochettino impressed with what he's seen from the former Sporting Lisbon youngster so far during pre-season. Dier came to play mostly in defence last season.

Matic has been told his wish to move to Old Trafford and team up again with Jose Mourinho will be granted as a gesture of goodwill in view of his service to the club.

Chelsea signed AS Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko in a big-money deal to bolster their midfield options and push Matic down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

With Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku signed up already, the missing piece this summer for United is the addition of a midfielder to strengthen the core of the side. Conte left Matic out of the squad that he took on the club's tour to east Asia.

Finally, the Daily Express says that Antonio Conte has joined the race to sign Virgil van Dijk between and also has three others players lined up in a £250m spending spree.

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