With the football transfer rumour mill in full swing, Nemanja Matic from Chelsea to Manchester United is the latest gossip to get fans talking – but are United fans keen?
The 28-year-old Serbia midfielder played 35 league games during Chelsea’s Premier League-winning 2016/17 season, and has a goal or two like this one in his locker.
Nemanja Matić's amazing strike against Tottenham was our No.1 goal in the 2016/17 FA Cup.
When he hits them....they stay hit! 👊 pic.twitter.com/yqA9HfmPz6— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 26, 2017
Furthermore, he’s a pretty effective plug in midfield, and has been for a while now.
Nemanja Matic: No midfielder has made more tackles + interceptions combined than Matic (540) in the Premier League since January 2014 pic.twitter.com/1LShkrMwDf— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 26, 2017
So why are some United fans not keen on the suggestion of Matic, a three-time Premier League champion, in a United shirt?
For some it’s the fact the midfielder turns 29 in August – not exactly past his prime, but with not a lot of it to come.
For others it’s the fact Matic has not been playing to the standard he did during the 2014/15 campaign. For that reason, the £40 million price tag seems agreeable to Chelsea fans.
Furthermore, Monaco midfielder Fabinho has been linked with a move away from the principality – at 23 years old, the Brazil international has age on his side too.
But not everyone thinks it’s a bad idea.
Not one of José Mourinho's four signings last season was a poor choice. Would be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt with Matić.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) June 26, 2017
Others felt that Matic’s arrival could help other players too.
Don't know why united fans are so outraged at Matic signing. Yes a bit overpriced but he will give pogba the freedom to play his game— MUFC_Source_ (@MUFC_Source_) June 26, 2017
While some pointed out that football fans should expect deals such as this to cost more in the current market.
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