Tottenham Hotspur have no plans to make a move for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Serbian had twice been signed by Jose Mourinho before and had been tipped to follow ‘The Special One’ to Spurs in the January transfer window.
Matic had even liked an Instagram post predicting a Mourinho reunion.
However, MEN understands that Mourinho has no plans to add Matic to a midfield unit which already includes Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Oliver Skipp and Tanguy Ndombele.
If anything, that midfield needs streamlining before we invest in it, and Matic is not the type of player who would come in and improve us.
The 31-year-old has been a key component in two Chelsea title-winning teams but is now a spent force and is being kept out of the United side by the hugely underwhelming partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay.
Matic lacks the mobility to get around the field like the Premier League’s best defensive midfielders do – N’Golo Kante, Wilfried Ndidi and Fabinho.
We already have a big bruiser in the shape of Dier who looks poised to be a key figure under Mourinho, having started all three games since his arrival. As MEN details, Dier was in fact a Mourinho target at United before he signed Matic in 2017, so seemingly he thinks the Englishman is an upgrade.
Dier’s performances under both Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino this season have been worrying, but his confidence and fitness must be at an all-time low after a long spell out of the team through injury and illness.
We have seen what Jose has done for Dele Alli and I would much prefer the new manager to give Dier the time and opportunity to have the same renaissance than to waste wages on a short-term option like Matic.