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Manchester United reportedly hijack Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko transfer

14 Juillet 2017

So I think United do need a holding midfield player.

City will probably not get the £20m asking price for the former England No.1 and will have to entertain the prospect of another season-long loan.

It seemed especially curious given how Matic and Mourinho's last spell together ended.

The Sun: Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City will compete for the signing of Southampton's Virgil van Dijk. He played a key role in Chelsea's title winning 2014-15 campaign under Jose.

With Antonio Conte refusing to sell to the Red Devils, United have looked for an alternative in Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier. Frustration may also build. While the club have signed Antonio Rudiger, central defence was probably the area of least concern.

Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard reports on Thursday that Chelsea are in talks with Inter Milan over Matic. Since then, the issue has been exacerbated by the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Whilst Matic isn't best known for his skills in possession, his 88% passing accuracy demonstrates his comfort on the ball, as well as the fact that 62.7% of his total passes went forwards.

Real Madrid are on the verge of signing Dani Ceballos.

Reports, including one in The Times, suggested United would look to outbid Chelsea for Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer. This is a downfall of a quite spectacular nature from his 2014/15 season, when he averaged 3.6 tackles and 2 interceptions every game.

Read the full story here.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has trolled Chelsea fans ahead of his move. They have statues and stands named after them and are still routinely talked about on the terraces.

All of Chelsea's midfield from last season have reported for training, despite rumours that Nemanja Matic may be allowed to move if the right offer comes in.

Why did Sir Alex Ferguson sign Liam Miller? "But I think that he has understand, his father too, that it is not yet in his interest to go to a huge club, where he is not assured playing time".