The Portuguese Press Have Gone Mad

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It would seem the Portuguese press are getting on the rumour mill now, linking a Chelsea reject with a move to Manchester United.

Nemanja Matic, remember him? The Yugoslavian central midfielder who spent two years at Chelsea between 2009 and 2011, playing just two first team games during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Well he’s now at Benfica, playing to a very decent level which has prompted the unlikeliest of rumours within the Portuguese press that Manchester United could be making a move for him this summer.

Why exactly this rumour has been created is a little unclear but it could be due to several reasons, none of which provide anything like the concrete proof needed for United fans to start judging this as a possible transfer.

Firstly, it could have something to do with the links surrounding Ezequiel Garay, with the press in Portugal recently stating that a £20 million deal had been agreed between Benfica and United for the defender.

Considering United do need to add to their midfield this summer, it’s no surprise that a link like this would be generated because if United have signed Garay, it is possible a double deal could be in the pipeline if they’re interested in Matic.

However, that’s an awful lot of ifs and what makes the apparent deal for Garay less credible is the fact that there has been nothing official coming out of the club confirming the deal or otherwise.

United have been in the headlines over in Portugal for most of the season due to their real and ongoing interest in James Rodriguez of FC Porto, which is a move that is going to happen way before anything for someone like Matic develops.

The credibility of sources coming out of Portugal is highly debateable because had United been in the Portuguese market, it would hardly be for a player who has already tried and failed to play in the Premier League.

United will be looking to up the ante ahead of next season and one or two midfield signings are possible but the club would warrant heavyweight signings, based on pure truth and not something which seems to be nothing more than a fabricated rumour.

There is even the question of whether a central midfield player should be the priority for the club, especially a subtle defensive player which Matic seems to be.

The club needs a heavyweight midfielder if anything in the middle of the pitch, someone to get stuck in and break up the play, offering protection to the more creative players in the team.

Matic could no doubt do an okay sort of job in front of the United back four, but he is not the enforcer they should be going after. A winger is even more important at the moment than signing another player to play through the middle of the team.

Is this as laughable as it seems?

image: © Crystian Cruz

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