Inter Milan are considering signing Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic in January as they look to solve an injury crisis in midfield, according to a report.
Milan are without Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella – who are both out with injury – while Roberto Gagliardini is also on the sidelines after his recent knock, leaving boss Antonio Conte looking for extra options.
Matic, meanwhile, has been on the fringes of United‘s squad this season, with his appearance in last Thursday’s Europa League clash against AZ Alkmaar his first in over two months due to both injury and other options being preferred ahead of him.
Furthermore, the 31-year-old was not included in Sunday’s squad for the 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford, despite recovering from his groin injury.
According to The Telegraph, Inter are planning on making a third raid on United for Matic, following the signings of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez from Old Trafford in the summer.
The newspaper says that while United have the option to extend Matic’s contract by an extra year, a January bid from the Serie A side could be enough to force the Red Devils to sell up rather than run the risk of losing him for free.
What’s more, it is claimed that with Scott McTominay continuing to impress in midfield and Fred asserting himself in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team, Matic is expected to find game time in the second half of the season hard to come by.
Paul Pogba, who has been struggling with a foot injury for large parts of this season, is also scheduled to return before the New Year and will be fighting for his own place in the team.
The 34-year-old has been at United since 2007 but with Brandon Williams emerging at left-back and Diogo Dalot impressing on the other flank, the Evening Standard says that the Englishman expects to leave in the summer.
Young is yet to begin formal talks with the club over fresh terms and with Solskjaer looking to bring in at least three new players over the next few transfer windows, the full-back could be let go as United look to free up their wage bill for new arrivals.