Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic edging closer towards completing Manchester United move

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According to Calciomercatoweb, this has led the Red Devils to make contingency plans in case the deal for the Croatian worldwide fails, and have identified RB Leipzig's classy winger, Emil Fosberg as an alternative. Earlier reports have claimed that Chelsea have already sanctioned a potential deal, but only at £50m. It was earlier believed that the arrival of the France worldwide will see the Premier League winners sanction Matic's sale to United. Instead, he will be reunited with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who tried to sign Matic last season.

Mourinho re-signed Matic for the Blues in January 2014, when the former was in charge at the Bridge.

Per Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard, Matic has been ordered to train alone at Cobham as Chelsea play their pre-season games overseas.

Chelsea value their midfielder around £40m ($52.3m).

Matic has made it aware to the involved parties that his first preference is Old Trafford, however, and that has led to Juventus reviving their interest in Matuidi as first choice.

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Matic didn't travel with the team to their pre-season tour of Asia and is now training on his own, away from the clubs training facility in Cobham.

The bianconeri had made Emre Can and Nemanja Matic their summer transfer priorities in midfield but both players are set to snub a move to the Allianz Stadium this summer.

He has been disappointed with the lack of progress so far but still expects two more players before the end of the window in Matic and Ivan Perisic.

Ross Barkley is at the centre of a six-team battle for his signature with Tottenham and Manchester City leading the race to sign the Everton midfielder, according to the Daily Star on Sunday.

With Matic closing in on Chelsea exit, it will come as a welcome boost for Mourinho and United.

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