Jose Mourinho determined to launch stunning raid on Chelsea
Jose Mourinho is set to launch a stunning raid on his former club Chelsea, after deciding that the pursuit of Fabinho from Monaco would be too lengthy and with little chance of success.
Mourinho is desperate to land a midfielder and wants to add someone he knows can bring substance to the middle of the park and allow Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera some more freedom.
Of course, United do have Michael Carrick, but Mourinho is aware the player is not getting any younger, and will need to be rested at times next season, yet with a return to the Champions League on the horizon plus three other competitions, Mourinho is eyeing a younger midfield general.
The player Mourinho wants is Nemanja Matic, who he of course worked with to great effect before, and is someone who is on the fringe of leaving Chelsea.
While Antonio Conte played him more often than not last season, at times Matic struggled, and Conte is looking for a replacement to come in this summer, and that of course could see Matic leave.
Quite if Chelsea are willing to sell one of their players to a former manager and possibly title rival remains to be seen, but money talks, and Mourinho still has a good relationship with Matic, who may even ask to leave.