March 19, 2018

Matic sale to Man Utd could cost Chelsea the league

13 August 2017, 07:13 | Henrietta Morgan

The Serb, a key component in the Blues' two Premier League title triumphs in the past three seasons, joined United in a surprise £40 million move last month.

But United's gain is very much Chelsea's loss and not only does their spine appear more fragile, it's also hard to understand Chelsea's reasoning behind the deal with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chabolah also leaving the club. "If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid".

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been speaking about the sale of Nemanja Matic, and has explained just why he was so angry at Chelsea for the sale - and it's not just because it has allowed Manchester United to bolster their side.

"When a player leaves a club, you do not normally see a manager speak so glowingly about them", Neville said.

And Reds legend Scholes, who, it's fair to say, knows a thing or two about central midfielders, believes Matic's arrival represents one of the best pieces of business of the summer. He is probably the best in England alongside N'Golo Kante. All of a sudden United are in the driving seat ahead of Chelsea to win the Premier League.

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"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them".

Chelsea secured the services of Bakayoko from Monaco and still has Kante on his roster. Is Tiemoue Bakayoko, a £35million signing, a similar type of player to Matic?

With plenty of time until deadline day, The Grapevine has the very latest football transfer news from the Premier League's top clubs in our round-up below. He will take time to settle.

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