There are some excited looks in the Football Transfer Tavern as The Guardian report that Chelsea are close to securing their first January signing.
The paper suggests that Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic is set to arrive in London to undertake a medical after the two clubs agreed a transfer worth £22 million to bring the Serbian back to Stamford Bridge.
The 25-year-old departed the Blues for Benfica in 2011 as part of the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
He has since established himself as one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and now Jose Mourinho has decided that he fits the remit for his Chelsea side.
A lot of punters in the tavern are wondering why Chelsea sold him in the first place, especially without a buy back option in the deal. But our landlord is on hand to remind them just how much Matic has improved since transferring to the Portuguese capital.
The defensive midfielder was also being targeted by Manchester United boss David Moyes but the Blues are now set to announce the signing within the next few days.
With Matic about to arrive, the transfer will be offset by the departure of Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg for around £18 million which is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.
It’s been a fast fall from grace for De Bruyne after he started Chelsea’s first Premier League match of the season against Hull City. However that proved to be a false dawn and his time at Stamford Bridge is now up with Matic taking his space in Mourinho’s squad.
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