Kevin De Bruyne is moving closer to a move to Wolfsburg in a £17 million deal and it seems that Chelsea are not wasting any time to reinforce the squad. Sky Sports reports that the club has made a £20 million offer for Nemanja Matic, a player Chelsea allowed to leave in 2011. Since then, he has blossomed into an excellent defensive midfielder by taking advantage of his huge physical presence and athletic ability.
Chelsea are well covered in De Bruyne’s position and there was a possibility that one of the eight players (yes, you read that correct) would be allowed to leave in January. Ramires, Frank Lampard, and John Obi Mikel have been the regular central midfielders. Apart from them, the options are limited for Jose Mourinho and it could dwindle further with Lampard approaching the end of his career. Essien also looks set to move to pastures new.
Chelsea are on good terms with Benfica, and hence, Matic’s arrival seems imminent. His buyout clause stands at a whopping €45 million after he extended his contract a year ago. The Portuguese club will make a healthy profit on the Serbian, who was signed for around £3 million as part of the David Luiz deal in 2011.
Matic won’t be part of the World Cup 2014, as Serbia missed out. We love this site about the World Cup, which offers great insights into the betting zones. A striker has been regarded by many as the priority for Chelsea in this transfer window, but it seems that Mourinho thinks otherwise. The move could put Essien and Mikel’s future at the club in doubt.