Benfica always seem to have a talented young thing waiting in the wings for a move to a big club, but their latest hotly-tipped starlet more or less takes the biscuit.
I’m referring to Nemanja Matic, a man who sounds like he could be a robotic version of Nemanja Vidic, but is actually one of the most promising rising stars in European football.
He’s a 24-year-old Serbian International (5 caps), who has now established himself as an integral part of Benfica’s first team. Javi Garcia’s move to Manchester City has freed up a slot in the centre of the park and Matic has been able to take advantage.
Premier League fans may remember him from his time at Chelsea. This is unlikely however, as he only made two appearances, once against Wolves and another time against Wigan (an 8-0 win).
This was back in 2009, where he was still to raw and wasn’t ready to make an impact at a cash-rich, talent-heavy club like Chelsea. But is he ready to return to the Premier League and would he have a bigger impact this time round?
He’s certainly enjoying his time in the Primera Superliga, making 37 appearances this season. He has impressed with his swift feet, his quick mind and his willingness to get forward and support attackers.
The highlight of his season thus far? A scorching volley against Porto, in a 2-2 draw back in January. Goal-scoring could become a major part of his game.
For his fine displays this season, he has been awarded a new contract (running to 2018) and his buy-out clause has been set at 45m euros, or £38m.
Despite this rather off-putting price-tag, A Bola claim that Manchester United are considering making a move for Matic this summer. If this is truly the case, you’d have to think that Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking to engineer a significantly cheaper deal than that offered by his buy-out clause.
He’s only 24-years-old and has limited experience playing in big Leagues against top opposition. Benfica have let better players slip from their grasp for less and you’d have to think they’d be willing to offer a reduction here.
As for whether it’d be a good move? I think so. He’s a fine young talent whose career is really beginning to kick-off. His talent is there for all to see and he’ll be motivated to make his mark in England this time round. A big club like Manchester United may be exactly what he needs to take his career to the next level.
What’s your take? Should Manchester United swoop for this expensive Serbian star?
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