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Chelsea: £22m midfield maestro will undergo medical

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Chelsea are all set to re-sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica for an eye-catching fee of around £22m, according to reports from The Guardian.

The Blues sold the player three years ago in a part exchange deal that saw David Luiz coming to Stamford Bridge, and now they are on the verge of re-signing their former midfielder, who has had a phenomenal season for Benfica thus far.

SetWidth638 Nemanja Matic of Benfica Chelsea: £22m midfield maestro will undergo medical

Matic is expected to undertake a medical while the 25-year-old would sign a three-year contract. When Matic was sold to Benfica, his market valuation was around £3m only – the vast difference will be partly offset the sale of Kevin De Bruyne, who is expected to join Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg for around £18m.

De Bruyne will undergo a medical in Germany on Tuesday and will sign a long term contract that will keep him at the club till 2019. The Belgian was signed from Genk for a reported fee of £6.7m and has managed only two Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho this season.

The Serbian midfielder, Matic, rapidly developed into a fine midfielder after leaving Chelsea and became a key member of Jorge Jesus’s side. He can play as a central midfielder or as a defensive midfielder as well.

Central midfield is one area where the Blues need reinforcement. With Frank Lampard reaching the apogee of his career, Micahel Essien not the same force any more, a player of Matic’s caliber would definitely improve the side.

Do you think Chelsea have made the right decision? Have your say below…

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Comments (21)

  1. All clubs makes mistakes some players are late developers
    At Chelsea did give him time out on loan used to, so he may aply his trade in benfica.
    He Matic excepts Chelsea are a big club. He wouldbe welcome back in open arms

  2. all the best in Wolfsburg, De Bruyne and welcome back! Matic.

  3. up blues,i am d happiest blues fan right now seen matic back to his former club,come on matic,mata oscar nd d inform chelsea boy hazardous let go for d epl

  4. He will be a great addition to d cfc team

  5. good decision, let hope Mata will now get more playing time wit Matic and Ramirez behind him

  6. I love to see him back to d bridge because he has developed so much

  7. A GOOD REPLACEMENT FOR FRANK LAMPARD

  8. Good signing, but why selling DE BRUYNE? Another mistake is about to take place again.

  9. One of the best holding midfielder I have ever seen with a perfect first touch and highly creative talent upfront when in need of goals. Never tired in running from box to box. I hope Chelsea pair him along David Luis in Central midfield holding role.

  10. matic u are welcome to cfc! We hope u wil improve our attacking midfield to easy our strikers score goals. Welcome!!!

  11. What a good signing he ‘ll be.

  12. Great addition to the squad, his creativity will improve the team & hopefully mata will be given more playing time. Up blues .

  13. It is a good business for Benfica

  14. Good deal.Matic is a massive addition

  15. dats gud replacement but de bruyne shud be given a chance to prove himself.

  16. Good buy welcome.

  17. I want chelsea to sign nemaja matic becos essien and lampard are coming to end of carer.

  18. looking at the caliber of the player it will aid blues family to enhance center midfielder bravo for the deal.

  19. That I can is a wise decision to bring the former back to Stanford bridge. I think he is a fantastic player and right person to replace the aging frank lampard and essien

  20. This not a right decision,chelsea have many mildfielders that are creative and defensive,mata is there on bench,is it not good enough,he won chelsea player of year twice,and jose put him on the bench,dey brune also,Romeo on loan,can u call him,van gikel,is on bench,u are just wasting money.we need just a prolific striker.

  21. yeah perfect replacement for aging legend,Frank Lampard &Essien but selling KDB is another mistake waiting to repeat itself.