Manchester United has agreed on a deal to sign Chelsea's Nemanja Matic for £40 million (about $50 million), and the signing will be announced in the next week, according to reports. Jose Mourinho, the United boss, has been an admirer of Matic since the pair won the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge in 2015. According to The Guardian, the 28-year-old midfielder made an agreement with Manchester United after the two clubs agreed upon the fee.
Premier League champions Chelsea will find it difficult to replace influential striker Diego Costa if he departs in the current transfer window, club legend Frank Lampard has said. Costa, 28, has been Chelsea's top scorer in all three seasons since joining the club in 2014, leading them to two league title wins. Earlier this month, the Spain international said that he would leave Stamford Bridge after being told by manager Antonio Conte that he was not a part of the club's future plans.
For the first time in recent history, no member of the "Old Guard" featured regularly for Chelsea. At the start of the season, Captain John Terry and Vice-captain Branislav Ivanović were still keeping that tradition going, but after the first few weeks, they were both benched, and the armband fell to Gary Cahill, who would end up being the most experienced member of the squad on most matchdays the rest of the season. Gary Cahill had developed a serious reputation for a certain style of defending — backing down into last ditch tackles, or, more commonly just an ineffectual attempt at a block, being its main feature — and one that did not seem to fit the ethos of Conte’s more aggressive style. Suddenly, Gary Cahill, like many others in the squad, was a player reborn.