Chelsea Mid­fielder Matic Com­pletes Med­i­cal at Man Utd

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Chelsea mid­fielder Ne­manja Matic has un­der­gone a med­i­cal at Manch­ester United ahead of a 40-mil­lion-pound ($52.53-mil­lion) move that will re­unite him with for­mer man­ager Jose Mour­inho, Bri­tish me­dia said re­ported yes­ter­day.

The mid­fielder was pic­tured at the club’s Car­ring­ton Road train­ing com­plex on Sun­day, with me­dia re­port­ing that a deal would be an­nounced to­day.

It will be the sec­ond time that Matic, who turns 29 on Tues­day, has played un­der Mour­inho. The Por­tuguese first signed him when he was Chelsea man­ager, for 21 mil­lion pounds in Jan. 2014.

Matic, who had orig­i­nally joined the Blues in 2009 be­fore mov­ing to Ben­fica in 2011, be­came an in­flu­en­tial part of Chelsea’s ti­tle-win­ning side un­der Mour­inho in 2014-15.

How­ever, the 32-times capped Ser­bian in­ter­na­tional was among those un­der-per­form­ing badly in Mour­inho’s fi­nal sea­son at Stam­ford Bridge be­fore be­com­ing a reg­u­lar as new man­ager An­to­nio Conte took Chelsea to an­other ti­tle last sea­son.

This month Chelsea have signed Monaco mid­fielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and, prob­a­bly sens­ing his place was un­der threat, Matic de­clined to sign an ex­ten­sion to his con­tact which had two years left to run.

At Old Traf­ford, Matic will be re­united with an­other for­mer Chelsea mid­fielder Juan Mata and com­pete with Michael Car­rick and Marouane Fel­laini for a first-team spot.

Matic’s ar­rival fol­lows Mour­inho’s un­suc­cess­ful move for Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Eric Dier as United seek to mount a se­ri­ous Pre­mier League chal­lenge for the first time since the de­par­ture of Alex Fer­gu­son in 2013.

United have al­ready signed 30-mil­lion-pound de­fender Vic­tor Lin­de­lof from Ben­fica and paid Ever­ton 75 mil­lion pounds for striker Romelu Lukaku.

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