Journalist claims Chelsea ‘reluctant’ to sell 28-year-old star to Man United

Chelsea are hesitant to do business with Manchester United after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, according to Kaveh Solhekol

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic Photo: Screen grab

Chelsea are reluctant to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United after the Romelu Lukaku transfer saga, according to Kaveh Solhekol.

The Premier League champions were left red-faced after Manchester United hijacked their deal to sign 24-year-old striker Lukaku in the summer transfer window.

The Belgium international was widely tipped to return to Stamford Bridge this summer but Manchester United completed a surprise £75m swoop to sign the centre-forward.

The Red Devils are thought to be keen on signing Serbia international Matic to bolster their midfield options ahead of a return to the Champions League.

Chelsea were rumoured to be open to a potential deal that would see the 28-year-old reunite with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford as long as the Blues secured the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco.

However, Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol has now suggested that the Premier League winners are hesitant to do a deal with Manchester United after the disappointment of missing out on Lukaku.

“Another Manchester United transfer target is Nemanja Matic, but Chelsea are reluctant to do business with United after what happened with Romelu Lukaku,” Solhekol told Sky Sports News HQ on Wednesday morning.

Chelsea have signed Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero and AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger in the current transfer window.

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