More pictures of Nemanja Matic in Manchester United’s new training jersey may have squashed speculations that coach Jose Mourinho has successfully laid hands on the defensive midfielder.
Nemanja Matic was part of Chelsea’s success story in the 2016/17 English Premier League season.
Matic, a Chelsea player, is very close to signing a mouth-watering contract with the Red Devils, having undergone a medical at Carrington today.
The 28-year-old is staring at a £50 million deal, The Sun confirmed
However, ESPN’s Alex Shaw refuted claims that Matic to United is a done-deal, and advised Old Trafford faithfuls to postpone their celebrations for a while despite reports that the transaction will be completed this week.
“A clearer image of the supposed Matic leak,” Alex captioned one of the viral pictures in a Twitter post. “If this really is shopped, whoever did it should be applauded.”
Media reports confirm that Matic has already agreed to his contract terms with United.
He will wear jersey number 31 which was formerly worn by the the German player Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Serbia international footballer reportedly missed Chelsea’s tour of China and Singapore in order to follow up with the cumbersome transfer procedures.
Italian giants Juventus were interested in signing the veteran midfielder, but lost the chase to Mourinho’s superior bargaining powers.
Image shows Matic and Jose Mourinho during their days at Stamford Bridge.
Matic is a 2-time Premier League winner. His Chelsea career started in August 2009 when The Blues beat Sunderland and Tottenham to get his signatures while he was on trial at Middlesbrough.
After two games for Chelsea, the Serbian was sold on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
In January 2011, Matic left on free transfer to Benfica after Chelsea paid an additional £21 million to the club just to have Brazilian footballer David Luiz.
Fortunately for the midfielder, his slavery turned out a miracle. There at Benfica, he was named Portuguese Player of the Year and his club reached the Europa League final, where they regrettably lost to Chelsea.
Mourinho picked interest in him during his reign as manager at Chelsea, and paid the same amount £21 million to have him back from Benfica.
He played 40 games last season, including two wonderful goals in their FA Cup derby against Tottenham.
“I’m waiting for news. I know that he wants the move very very much,” United coach Jose Mourinho told reporters.
“I think we have a chance but in football until things are official you never know.
“ is a free jersey, I don’t know if he was there as I haven’t been there today.”