Nemanja Matic’s proposed move to Manchester United should have been a foregone conclusion by now, but the deal has been held up by Manchester United’s reluctance to meet some of the performance and appearance related add-ons being proposed by Chelsea.
The Blues manager and club owner had signed off on the deal a few weeks back, but they had insisted on adding a “Lukaku tax” which took the total amount of the deal to £50 million.
The Reds Devils have offered £35 million plus add-ons, but the Blues are holding out for £40 million plus add-ons.
Matic has interest from Juventus and Inter Milan, but he prefers a reunion with Jose Mourinho.
The Serbian was brought to Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho when he was made the manager of the Blues for the second time in 2013 and helped the Portuguese manager clinch the 2014/2015 Premier League title. He helped the Blues win another title last season, but the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko means he would be given a limited role this season.
He has been training alongside injured team mates Eden Hazard and Pedro while the rest of the Blues squad were away at preseason in Singapore.
Matic hopes the deal is concluded before United’s Super Cup match against Real Madrid next month.