Nemanja Matic, Chelsea & Man United
After round one of the new Premier League season, many are still flabbergasted that Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Man United.
The Serb was one of Man United’s standout players as the beat West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford.
Is the former Chelsea midfielder the final piece in the jigsaw for Jose Mourinho?
And, after Chelsea were beaten by Burnley, and considering how thin the Blues will be in midfield for next weekend’s Tottenham game, are the Blues already regretting selling Matic to their rivals?
Matic transfer explained: Telegraph
On Tuesday, there are couple of explanations in the press looking at why Chelsea did the Matic deal with Man United.
According to the Telegraph, Antonio Conte was the driving force behind the sale.
Jason Burt has taken to social media, to tell his followers:
Spoke to a number of people today on Nemanja Matic and the fact is Conte didn’t want him and Man (United) offered the cash.
Digging into the details of why Conte was turned off of Matic, it’s claimed:
Conte felt that, going into his 30th year, Matic had seen his best days and had lost a little hunger and desire. Beyond that Conte also believed the player was too limited, not mobile enough not good enough on the ball.
Was that a grave misjudgement from the Chelsea boss?
Matic transfer explained: The Times
Interestingly, the Matic to Man United transfer was also chewed over in the Times on Tuesday.
Rather than suggesting Antonio Conte was behind the deal, the broadsheet pins the decision to sell Matic with the Blues board:
Chelsea’s desire to pursue young players with future resale value has been reinforced by a difficult transfer window, in which they took the gamble of selling Nemanja Matic to a direct rival in Manchester United to maximise a fee that could rise to as much as £40 million.