Despite dramatically losing every possible title this season, Benfica have plenty of players drawing a lot of interest from the biggest clubs Europe. One of them is Nemanja Matić, the team’s young defensive midfielder who used to play for the West-London club.
Matić was a part of the Chelsea setup between 2009 and 2011, but was sold to Benfica after playing for the Blues only twice during his time there. Matić was included in the deal that brought David Luiz to Chelsea, along with £21 million. Now Chelsea would like to see him with the team again, only according to the Sunday Times and Diario de Noticias, it’s going to cost them around €30 million.
Matić, 24, has made himself noticed this season with Benfica with a number of impressive goals, scoring five times for the club in all competitions, and playing quite well against Chelsea themselves in the Europa League final. The defensive midfielder has already appeared 5 times for the Serbian national team, although his last appearance was exactly one year ago.
Chelsea, more than anything, are looking to strengthen their defensive midfield, for someone to play next to or instead of John Obi Mikel. While David Luiz looked like a reasonable option to do the job this season, rumors are that Jose Mourinho, who hasn’t been officially named as their manager, doesn’t want the Brazilian centre back, which means someone quite expensive is going to arrive.
While Matić is growing in his defensive ways and developing his ability to become a more capable and efficient destroyer in the middle of the pitch, his biggest asset is his long range shots, some referring to it as one of the best in Europe. He combines very well with a deep laying play-maker and can push and attack consistently, not to mention having quite good vision of the whole pitch for someone who should be a lot more defensive in his orientation.
Standing at 1.94 meters tall, he is one of the tallest midfielders in the world, and has been one of the best players in Portugal this past season, winning two Portuguese League Player of the Month; once in January and again in April.