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Photo of Nemanja Matic in a Manchester United shirt leaked

31 July 2017

Nevertheless, Mourinho comes out the victor as he signs a player who was a brilliant servant the last time to two worked together, while defending champions Chelsea have lost real depth from their squad.

Mourinho has been desperately looking for a long-term replacement for the 36-year-old midfielder Michael Carrick.

Many reports have alleged Manchester United's deal to sign Nemanja Matic was only possible because of the Chelsea chairman's softness.

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On Sunday, there were suggestions that Jose Mourinho is increasingly unhappy with Manchester United's preparations for the new season.

With all the above swirling around, it looks like Nemanja Matic's transfer to Manchester United is all but done.

Both players had been identified as possible alternatives to the Serbian. Hours after such claims surfaced, United have seemingly made a breakthrough.

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Mourinho has recently said that he, "would like to have two more players" and that, "one player would be a midfield player that gives me more options, more balance to the team".

"Signed from Everton by David Moyes in a £27.5million deal, many Red Devils" fans struggled to warm to the combative player.

The man in question is Ivan Perisic, the £48 million-rated Inter Milan star whom the Italian club have so far insisted is not leaving.

And it was probably no coincidence that, within days of Mourinho's statement, a deal for Matic was clinched.

The 31-times Serbia worldwide was integral to Chelsea's title triumphs in 2017 and 2015, the latter of which was under Mourinho, who took him back to Stamford Bridge in January 2014 for a second spell after a fee of around £22million was agreed with Benfica.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is keen to finalize his targeted signings before the season starts on 13th August.

Photo of Nemanja Matic in a Manchester United shirt leaked