Manchester City close in on ex-Chelsea star

Manchester City are set to launch a January move for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to reports from The Metro.

The Serbian international spent some of the early years of his career at Chelsea, and has since developed into one of European football’s top enforcers following his 2011 exit

His combative and consistent performances have led to rumoured interested from his former side and Manchester United, but Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be ready to mount a serious move in a few days’ time.

Despite having strength in depth throughout his squad, the Chilean has revealed that he is looking at making additions next month:

“For the moment we are not talking about that [the transfer window]. But we are always analysing what we need and what we don’t need.

“There is a possibility in the winter transfer window for every club. We will see what we are going to do in the next days.”

City may pursue a straight cash deal, or could look to reduce Matic’s valuation by offering Javi Garcia – who used to play for Benfica – in exchange.

The player himself has expressed a willingness to return to English football in the past, despite having endured a frustrating spell at Chelsea.

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