Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic will join The Red Devils after the two clubs agreed on a £40 million transfer.
It will be the second time the Serbian international has worked under the tenure of Jose Mourinho, the manager who he won his first English Premier League title with in 2015.
Matic, who turns 29 in August, is thought to be one of two midfielders that Jose Mourinho will bring in this summer. The other is Monaco’s Fabinho, a versatile Brazilian midfielder who is also comfortable at right-back.
Chelsea initially preferred to keep the two-time Premier League winner but were tempted by United’s lucrative offer, which will see Matic earn well over his current £90,000 per week salary with The Blues.
The deal has raised eyebrows following the up and down relationship Nemanja Matic endured with Jose Mourinho while at Chelsea.
He went from being re-signed at the club by Mourinho in January 2014 and winning a title the season after, to suffering the ignominy of being substituted less than half an hour after coming off the bench in a dismal 3-1 loss to Southampton in October 2015.
Nonetheless, the signing adds a much-needed natural defensive midfield option to United’s ranks. The club deployed the likes of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini in the position last season, a role which is slightly unnatural for the more attack-minded duo.
Nemanja Matic will be Manchester United’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.