Arsenal have reportedly joined the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid in the race to sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to reports in talk Sport.
The Serbian international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this month, after catching the eye with some scintillating performances for Jorge Jesus’s side.
The 25 year old has gone on to establish himself as one of the best holding midfielders in Europe whilst in Portugal and the Gunners are understood to have made the first move to sign him.
The report states that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to lure the Nemanja Matic to the Emirates Stadium and has already held preliminary discussions with the player’s representative Dejan Mitrovic.
Jose Mourinho had previously been heavily linked with a move for Matic, however reports suggest he has turned his attentions to Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Gaurin, who is said to be available at a cheaper price.
Matic signed for Chelsea in 2009 for £1.5 million. However, he failed to make any significant impact during his first year at Chelsea and was loaned the following season to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem where he started 27 games for them and managed to score two goals. In 2011, the player was transferred to Portuguese side SL Benfica in return for Brazilian centre back David Luiz, with Chelsea paying £21 million in excess.
He played 39 matches in all competitions for Benfica last season, including eight in the Europa League as the Portuguese giants progressed all the way to the final. His impressive performances led him to being named the Portuguese player of the year at the end of 2013 season.
He is a typical central defensive midfielder who is hell bent on giving his opponents a tough time in the midfield. He has the ability to pick out teammates and orchestrate the play from midfield, never shy of a tackle at the right time. His aerial ability is a bonus to any team, after all who wouldn’t like to have a guy who can bully others around him to win the ball. He also possesses an uncanny ability to turn defence into a swift counter attacks.
The Gunners currently have the best crop of midfielders in the Premier League and their priority will be more on strengthening the defence and the attacking options up front. He will cost us around £25 million and even if Arsenal are in the market for another midfielder, there are plenty of other candidates who will provide better value for money.
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