Inter Milan ready to sign out-of-favor Man Utd midfielder in January


LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Nemanja Matic of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old Serbian midfielder has fallen out of favor with the Man Utd fans and manager after putting in a string of lackluster performances.

Inter Milan are keen to sign Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic in the upcoming January transfer window, reports claim.

Matic, 31, has rarely been in the good books of Man Utd fans since signing for the club in the summer of 2017 from rivals Chelsea for a fee rumored to be £40m.

The Serbian was the third signing of Jose Mourinho as a club manager, but he has failed to convince the Portuguese’s predecessor of his importance to the squad.

Despite being consistently named among the 21-man squad for match days, Matic has been an unused substitute five times already in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

Inter ready to offer Matic a lifeline

Antonio Conte
MILAN, ITALY - AUGUST 26: FC Internazionale coach Antonio Conte issues instructions to his players during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Lecce at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 26, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Having already signed Matic’s Man Utd teammate Alexis Sanchez on loan in the summer, the Serie A title challengers are ready to save the fledgling career of the Serbian.

The Sun reports that Inter Milan aren’t concerned with the recent lack of form of the 31-year-old as they are looking to reunite him with his former boss Antonio Conte.

It is to be remembered that the manager-player duo worked together at Chelsea as the Blues won their latest Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Following Conte’s departure from Chelsea, his replacement Maurizio Sarri, who wasn’t a huge fan of the lanky defensive midfielder, sold Matic off to United for £40m.

Matic has made a respectable 92 appearances during his three-year stay at Old Trafford, as he was the first choice defensive midfielder for the side in each of his first two seasons at the club.

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Will Man Utd let Matic leave?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United and coaches Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna in discussion at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on April 28, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United and coaches Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna in discussion at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on April 28, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In a season during which Solskjaer has opted for youth in his squad, Matic has been limited to making only five appearances for United this season.

His current contract with the club is also set to expire at the end of the ongoing season, although it contains a clause which could extend his stay by one more year.

The saner choice therefore for United is to cut their losses and sell the midfielder for something in January, or else they risk losing him for free next summer.

Both these options are acceptable to Antonio Conte who is so impressed with what the player has to offer that he is reportedly willing to wait until next summer to bring Matic to Italy.

However, given the diminutive game time he is getting at the club, it seems likely that Matic will pack his bags and leave in the first month of 2020.

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