?Inter Milan are supposedly vying to snag Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic in a deal worth £34.5m according to a report published by Evening Standard, a move which could certainly end
Manchester United’s advances for the midfielder once and for all.
United’s former Blues boss Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on reuniting with the Serbian international, although Chelsea are reluctant to sell to a domestic rival, putting the Nerazzurri in the driver’s seat for his signature.
Chelsea are in-fact close to signing AS Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, meaning that Matic will indeed be free to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
A £40m figure has allegedly been met between the respective Ligue 1 and Premier League champions – Bakayoko will undergo a medical on Friday before completing his switch across the English Channel.
Matic, 28, has been training on his own since the team regrouped on Monday, but left the club’s Cobham-based training facility early on Wednesday before the day’s second session, a sure fire sign that his services have subsequently become obsolete.
With Antonio Conte refusing to sell to the Red Devils, United have looked for an alternative in Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier.
The 23-year-old has supported the club since he was a child and is understandably interested in the jump from north London to Old Trafford.
But, like the set-back with Matic, Spurs are unwilling to listen to offers for their England international, so if the ‘Special One’ is to land at least one of the two defensive midfielders, he’ll have to pull out all the stops to do so.
?Premier League club West Ham United are keen to make a move for Inter Milan youngster Gabriel Barbosa – but they have fears that the FA will deny them the transfer.
West Ham are desperate for a striker this summer and they are attempting to bring Barbosa to London on a year-long loan. However, according to the ?Mirror, the Hammers have fears that Barbosa will be denied a work permit by the Premier League’s Exceptions panel.
The 20-year-old signed for Inter Milan just one year ago from Santos for a fee of around £26m, but since his arrival in Italy, he has made just ten appearances for the club – nine of those coming from the bench.
He has also featured three times for Brazil when he helped his country to Olympic glory in 2016.
However, due to the lack of game time Barbosa has received in the last 12 months, it is understood that he will not match the criteria needed to be accepted for a work permit to play football in England.
West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is willing to dispute the work permit as his frustration grows at being denied a transfer for one of the most promising young players in European football.
If the London club do fail to sign Barbosa from Inter, they do still have a strong interest in Barcelona winger Munir El Haddadi, West Brom’s Nacer Chadli and also Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic.