Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Nemanja Matic on a three-year deal
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a three-year deal that sees the Serbian move to Old Trafford for £40million.Matic, who will wear the No 31 at United, was left to train alone at Cobham during Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia and the Premier League champions have consented to his wishes of being reunited with Jose Mourinho.Sportsmail understands the initial fee to be £35m, with £5m in add-ons based on how the midfielder performs at United. The 28-year-old will earn £140,000 a week with the player in line for a bonus should the club succeed in the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho described the attributes of Matic that make him his ideal type of player
Matic is short of match fitness but could make his first United appearance against Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday, and he revealed his joy at completing the switch.'I am delighted to have joined Manchester United,' Matic told the club's website. 'To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn't turn down.'I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them'This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club.' Mourinho added: 'Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.
Matic is United's third major signing of the summer following his completion of a £40m move
Matic replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger in wearing the No 31 shirt for the coming campaign
The 28-year-old was pictured in Manchester United training gear after having a medical
Adidas Football posted this picture, tweeting: 'A beast in midfield. Nemanja Matic is a red'
'I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new No 31.'
Chelsea have paid tribute to Matic following his departure, writing on their official Twitter account: 'We thank Nemanja for his fantastic service and wish him well for the future.'
The signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko meant Matic would have found regular starts limited at Stamford Bridge this season, and the defensive midfielder will now compete with Michael Carrick for a first-team place.Owner Roman Abramovich had given him permission to join a Premier League rival as a reward for helping the club lift the title twice in the last three seasons.Though Juventus expressed interest, they were unwilling to match the financial package plus the length of contract that Matic sought. Instead, he will be reunited with former Chelsea boss Mourinho, who tried to sign Matic last season.Mourinho had targeted at least four signings this summer, though accepts he may have to be satisfied with three following the arrivals of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku.
Talks over a deal for Ivan Perisic at Inter Milan remain at an impasse, with United unwilling to match the £50m asking price or include Anthony Martial in the deal.
Prior to Matic's unveiling, Mourinho said: 'I depend on the situation, the market, and if my club is unable to do two players and just one, I accept that as a consequence of the market now.'
Midfielder Ander Herrera is expected to agree terms on a new four-year contract and a proposed contract offer to veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains a possibility.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has quashed speculation that Marouane Fellaini could leave United for Galatasaray - saying there is more chance of him joining the Turkish club than the midfielder.
Fellaini scored United's first goal in their 3-0 victory over Norwegian side Valerenga on Sunday, after Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Urgin outlined their desire to sign the 29-year-old.
Mourinho insists Fellaini is staying put, and said: 'It is easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. Marouane - forget it. He's very important for me.'
Mourinho has quashed speculation that Marouane Fellaini could leave Manchester United
Mourinho said there is more chance of him joining suitors Galatasaray than the midfielder