Nemanja Matic is growing increasingly likely to leave Manchester United in order to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Roma, according to multiple Italian reports.
Matic has been at Man Utd since 2017, when Mourinho re-joined forces with him after their time together at Chelsea. The Serbian has been a solid player for United in general but is no longer a first-team regular. Therefore, rumours are growing that he could leave to link up with his old boss one more time.
Mourinho recently took the Roma job ahead of next season, and has been linked with many of his former players. There were rumours about him taking some of the squad he worked with most recently at Tottenham. But there has also been speculation about those he coached at Old Trafford.
Matic is one of the players who has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Italian capital due to Mourinho’s appointment. The pair have enjoyed working together before and Matic could make one last big move in his career.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Roma are increasingly keen on a move for Matic under Mourinho’s instruction. The midfielder is said to be open to the idea of heading to the Italian capital, even though there are two years left on his contract in Manchester.
If United decide to sell the 32-year-old, they could pocket around €10m by doing so.
Roma are now planning to enter talks with them to see whether they are willing to let Matic go. Given that he has only started 11 Premier League games this season, they may be willing to oblige.
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Indeed, Corriere Dello Sport add that United will have no issues selling Matic. They are happy for him to move on even though he only signed a contract extension last summer.
As such, a move to Roma seems likely for the former Benfica star. He is their priority target for the midfield area due to his relatively cheap price tag and prior relationship with Mourinho.
Therefore, Matic may be approaching the end of his time in Manchester.
Man Utd midfielder interest increases
While Matic isn’t playing too regularly, Man Utd would still need to replace him for depth if they sold him.
One midfielder they have been linked with is Getafe and Uruguay ace Mauro Arambarri, who would be much cheaper than other options like Declan Rice.
According to Traspasos, the Old Trafford club have identified Arambarri as an ideal target.
He has a €30m release clause, but according to the Daily Express, Getafe are actually willing to consider bids of just €18m.
Furthermore, the player shares the same agent in Jonathan Barnett as Luke Shaw, Daniel James and Dean Henderson. That might yet help United in their negotiations.