In a bit of poor foresight, it appears that Chelsea will be repossessing defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic from Portuguese giants SL Benfica.
The 25-year-old was previously used as a makeweight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Chelsea from the same club, and is now returning to west London in a move that is reportedly around £22 million. This price is vastly inflated from the £1.5 million Chelsea paid MFK Kosice for his services back in 2009.
The transfer fee will be slightly offset by the immanent sale of winger, Kevin De Bruyne. The player is set to join VfL Wolfsburg in a few days for a fee in the neighborhood of £18 million.
The Serbian born Matic has increased his popularity since joining the Lisbon based club, and after two years of fine form is fast becoming one of the most sought after young players in Europe. He turned down a move to struggling Manchester United to return to Chelsea and will most likely slot immediately into the holding role next to Ramires once he is situated back in the squad.
The signing will come at a perfect time now that the second half of the season is underway, and Chelsea is in the need for some steel in the defensive midfield. The Blues need a replacement for Frank Lampard — at least until Marco van Ginkel recovers from injury — and Matic’s tough tackling and ability to play as a box-to-box midfielder is a perfect fit for the club.
Nemanja Matic will be in Cobham on Tuesday which will also be the day of his unveiling if all goes as planned.