According to a recent report by Calciomercato (translated by Manchester Evening News), Inter Milan are plotting a €25m move to secure the services of Nemanja Matic from Manchester United. The same source has claimed that the new Inter manager Antonio Conte is eager to bring the Serbian midfielder to the San Siro.
Matic Has Grown Increasingly Frustrated Under Solskjaer’s Tutelage
Matic has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is currently on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad. The 31-year-old had made just one appearance for the Red Devils this season when he came off the bench to play for 22 minutes away at Southampton before the international break.
The Serbia international has lost his first-team place to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. Matic is currently playing in the twilight years of his football career. So he needs to earn regular first-team opportunities to ensure he can make the most out of the remainder of his career.
The Sabac-born talent has also secured 46 international caps for Serbia while scoring two goals for them thus far. All signs point towards Matic not being in Solskjaer’s long-term plans at the Theatre of Dreams. Therefore, it makes sense for him to switch clubs in search of greener pastures when the transfer window reopens in January.
What Does The Serbian Midfield Ace Offer On The Pitch?
Matic can still provide adequate defensive cover for the Man United backline but is quite slow and methodical in the way he approaches the beautiful game. The Serbian is an excellent tackler and can make some crucial interceptions for his side at the back. However, he lacks creativity in midfield and tends to slow the tempo down when in possession of the ball. Furthermore, he has lost a yard of pace from his game as father time has caught up to him.
Should The Mancunian Outfit Part Ways With Matic?
Man United might be better off cashing in on Matic during the winter transfer period if Inter Milan end up making a concrete offer for his services. If Solskjaer does not plan to play him regularly, the best move for all parties would be for the player to seal a switch away from England.
The Red Devils should use the money generated from Matic’s sale in January to bring in a suitable replacement rather than lose him for free at the end of this campaign.