Cape Town - Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has been
tipped to make another raid on Manchester United in January, with
midfielder Nemanja Matic reportedly on his wish list.
Having pushed the boat out to sign Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez
in the summer, there are growing reports in Italy that claim Nerazzurri
boss Conte will target Matic in the upcoming January transfer window.
The 31-year-old Serbia international worked with ex-Italy head coach
Conte for a season at Chelsea, before being prised away to Manchester
United by Jose Mourinho.
However, Matic has lost his status as an automatic first-team choice
and is showing nothing like his early United form under Ole Gunnar
Matic is also nearing the end of his contract at Old Trafford, which
will have just six months left on it when the next transfer window opens
on January 1.
United do hold an option to extend his stay in Manchester for another
year, but it currently looks unlikely that he would be part of
Solskjaer's planned rebuild with the Norwegian focusing on youth.
Italian daily Corriere dello Sport claim Inter are preparing
a three-year contract worth €5 million per season, which ought to be an
attractive offer to a player in his 30s.
The same newspaper also claimed last month that Matic was offered to both Milan clubs in the summer.
United would be due a small fee for Matic in January and could decide
to keep hold of him if they feel his experience would be useful for
whatever the second half of the campaign has in store for the Red
Inter certainly appear to have had the better of both summer swoops
with Lukaku looking like the player United thought they had when he
arrived from Everton in a £75 million deal two years ago.
The Belgian has rattled in three goals in seven appearances for Conte, who originally wanted to sign him for Chelsea in 2017.
And Sanchez has also hit the ground running on his return to Italy on
loan, something which Matic may feel he could do if he were to make the
switch to Serie A.
- TeamTalk Media