Nemanja Matic is a player who has consistently been linked with a Premier League move over the past 18 months.
The Serbian international midfielder once played for Chelsea, sold as a footnote in the deal which took David Luiz away from Benfica two seasons ago.
Manchester United are the side who have most regularly been linked with his signature along with his former club. Manager Jorge Jesus also stated last week at a press conference he was confident he could cope if the club cashed in on the player.
The Mirror reported two days ago that they are willing to negotiate a deal for Matic with interested parties.
Manchester United, despite their pressing need for midfield reinforcements, are not currently believed to be among the frontrunners.
Instead it is another Manchester club making headlines in Portugal, rivals Manchester City.
City are reported by newspaper O Jogo to be interested in the 26-year-old. Matic has a release clause of £45 million, but it is thought Benfica could try to cash in between £25-30 million due to financial issues.
They write that midfielder Javi Garcia, who was signed from Benfica 18 months ago, would be the man replaced, although there is no confirmation as to whether he could go the other way in a swap deal, however the possibility gives City a potential edge in negotiations.
Manuel Pellegrini said yesterday that City would consider one or two extra players if they were of the right calibre, and Matic most certainly is.
In a midfield alongside Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, Matic - nicknamed the 'spider' due to his rangy style, is a frightening thought.
Especially for their Manchester rivals, who struggled to get close to their midfield even before Fernandinho signed, and were demolished 4-1 when they met in the league.
Pellegrini may have Matic in his sights for other reasons, namely the Champions League clashes against Barcelona.
The games will be won and lost in midfield, and upgrading squad player Garcia to Matic would be a step in the right direction if they want to defeat the Spaniards.
It would be likely City would still require another central defender, but the move for Matic may just be inspired. As for United, it's a move which will see them fall even further behind.
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