Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic will undergo his medical with Roma tomorrow, according to Sky Sport Italia.
The Serbia international will join José Mourinho’s side on a free transfer from the Red Devils. The coach and the midfielder will reunite for the third time after spells with Chelsea and at Old Trafford.
Sky Sport Italia reports, via Football Italia, that the 33-year-old will arrive in the capital on Moday to undergo his medical with the Giallorossi and sign a one-year contract.
The deal comes with an option to extend his contract at the club for one more season. Matic will reportedly get €3.5m at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma had planned to have Matic’s medical at the beginning of July, but the club has reportedly changed their stance, anticipating the midfielder’s arrival in the capital.
Matic has played 159 games under Mourinho, more than with any other coach. He will replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is set to join Inter as a free agent.
Paris Saint-Germain have had their first transfer offer of €50 million turned down for Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, reports Foot Mercato.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be tracking the player and could sneak in if PSG fail to meet Inter’s demands.
PSG have identified the Slovakia captain as a key reinforcement for this summer, but despite the Nerazzurri being keen to raise funds to bring back Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Simone Inzaghi’s side aren’t prepared to part with the 27-year-old defender unless they receive a transfer fee that reflects their valuation.
Inter could also use Chelsea’s interest in Skriniar to drive a deal for Lukaku.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are seeking a fee of around €80m, but could be prepared to negotiate at €70m. With Skriniar deemed to be a priority target for PSG this summer, it is expected that they will return with an improved offer.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has joked with Italians over Romelu Lukaku’s situation at Chelsea during his holiday in Italy this summer.
According to Football Italia, while Tuchel jokes with Italians about Lukaku’s return to Inter, work continues between the clubs to work out a deal, which could see Denzel Dumfries go to Stamford Bridge.
As if the transfer speculation weren’t intense enough, Tuchel decided to take a vacation in Italy this summer and had lunch at a restaurant in Città di Castello that just happened to be run by an Inter fan.
“Tuchel was very kind, we had a good laugh over the Lukaku situation, he ordered two pizzas for himself and his partner, congratulated us on the restaurant and its location. It was lovely,” owner Eulo Mattioni told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
It’s no secret that the difficult rapport between Tuchel and Lukaku is one of the reasons behind the striker’s desire to leave Chelsea and return to Inter.
The Belgian was regularly dropped to the bench in the second half of the season in favour of a False 9, as Lukaku’s characteristics do not fit in with Tuchel’s tactical approach.
Tuttomercatoweb claim Chelsea are now open to a loan deal, but only if they receive circa €20-25m in the process.
The only way that could be feasible is including a player in an exchange, and the main candidate is currently wing-back Dumfries.
He was only signed from PSV Eindhoven under a year ago for €13.7m and his transfer value has now almost doubled thanks to five goals and seven assists in 45 competitive games.