Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given the go-ahead to raid Manchester United for one of his former players.
Mourinho is looking to strengthen Roma’s squad after being appointed as Paulo Fonseca’s successor in the Giallorossi hotseat, just two weeks after he was sacked by Tottenham.
And high on his list of transfer priorities is Nemanja Matic, according to reports from Italy.
‘The Special One’ took Matic to Old Trafford in 2017 after previously signing the midfielder at Chelsea.
And United are ready to cash in as Mourinho looks to sign him for a third time this summer.
That’s according to Corriere dello Sport, which claims Roma are in pole position to land the 32-year-old with United ready to listen to offers.
The Italian publication, cited by Metro, claims United are willing to sell Matic for as little as £8.6million as he enters the final two years of his contract.
Matic is a favourite of Mourinho’s and it is thought he would jump at the chance to play under his former mentor again, this time in Serie A.
He has limited game time at Old Trafford this season, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tending to favour Scott McTominay and Fred as his double pivot in midfield.
It is expected that Matic will leave in the summer transfer window, and if he signs for Mourinho will boost Roma’s squad with his leadership qualities and big-game experience.
It is thought he is also being viewed as a potential mentor to emerging defensive midfield talent Ebrima Darboe, who played an hour against United in Roma’s 3-2 win in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final after replacing injured former Red Devils defender Chris Smalling.
Darboe is reportedly attracting interest from United’s Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, although Roma are not believed to be entertaining offers for the 19-year-old.
The signing of Matic would enable Mourinho to introduce Darboe to first-team action without the need to overload the youngster.
If he is to leave Old Trafford, Matic will look to go out on a high by winning next week’s Europa League final against Villarreal.
Both McTominay and Fred are doubts for next Wednesday’s clash after suffering problems in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Fulham – so Matic could be in line for a starting role.