Europa League winners Manchester United have completed their third signing of the summer with the announcement that Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic has joined from defending Premier League champions Chelsea.
With the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko at Stamford Bridge earlier in the month it did pose a massive question as to the future of Matic and it came as no real surprise that the 28 year old was soon linked with a move away from West London.
The obvious link up would have been with Jose Mourinho but after Manchester United beat Chelsea to the punch in regards to the signature of Romelu Lukaku it was perhaps something that may have not got out of first gear and left the two time Premier League winner looking for a move elsewhere.
That could well have been Juventus with the Champions League Finalists reportedly interested in acquiring his services but not prepared to pay the £40m asking price which was set by Chelsea. This did not leave very many options on the table.
And with Matic left at home while Chelsea went on their pre-season tour of Asia there was a big question mark over his immediate future especially with a new season just around the corner. Thankfully though Matic can probably thank Alvaro Morata for indirectly playing a part in his move to Old Trafford.
After Chelsea licked their wounds and signed a marquee forward of their own then the icy relationship between the two rivals had thawed enough to the point where The Blues were once again prepared to do business and United were very much willing to meet the asking price of Matic.
Whether this is really their first choice defensive midfield signing after reportedly being rebuffed by Tottenham in regards to the signature of Eric Dier can be argued but they do now have themselves not only someone who has experience in this division but also experience of winning titles.
The acquisition of Matic takes the spending of Manchester United to nearly £150m this summer, although keep in mind that has only given them three new faces, as Matic joins Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku as the new faces in the ranks.
The arrival of the former Benfica player (Matic not Lindelof) could also be good news for Paul Pogba and it will allow him to move further up the pitch this summer with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic set to be the midfield double pivot.
Could this be the season where Pogba truly shows what he is capable of, take into account that should Neymar move to PSG he will no longer be saddled by the tag of “World’s most expensive footballer” and that will be a huge weight off his shoulders.
That however will we have to wait and see for Matic though it is a chance to link up with his former boss at Chelsea and he personally will have something of a point to prove. After a disappointing F.A. Cup Final performance in which Arsenal ran out winners it was apparent that the Defensive Midfielder was on the Stamford Bridge chopping block.
Therefore the player will undoubtedly want to show that he should not have been discarded for a newer model at Chelsea and he will set out to make sure that Antonio Conte’s trash ends up becoming Jose Mourinho’s central midfield treasure.