Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic could be set for yet another reunion with Jose Mourinho, reports linking him with a move to Tottenham.
On Tuesday evening, Tottenham confirmed the dismissal of manager Mauricio Pochettino following the club’s disappointing start to the new season, with Mourinho swiftly being confirmed as his successor the following morning.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has returned to the Premier League following his sacking at Old Trafford in December of last year, where he will seek to become the first manager in history to win major silverware with a third English club.
Speculation has quickly moved onto potential transfer targets as Mourinho looks to revive his squad at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and according to the Independent, that could include a move for United midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Matic has fallen out-of-favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, injury restricting him to just two Premier League starts so far this season, the 31-year-old having entered the final months of his contract with an extension looking unlikely.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to Serie A, though Mourinho’s appointment could open the door for a move to Spurs, the Portuguese having signed the Serbian on two occasions, taking him to both Chelsea and United in 2014 and 2017 respectively. Meanwhile, Matic has done little to dispel the rumours by commenting on an Instagram post suggesting he is waiting for the call from Mourinho.
Nemanja Matic on Instagram doing God’s work. Over to you Jose…? pic.twitter.com/qvmF59W9J4
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) November 20, 2019
Amongst Mourinho’s other reported targets include Portugal internationals Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes was strongly linked with Spurs and a host of Premier League clubs throughout the summer, whilst Dias has emerged as one of the most promising central defenders in European football having helped Benfica to the league title last season.
Mourinho’s Tottenham reign will begin with a London derby meeting at West Ham on Saturday lunchtime.
Spurs currently sit 14th in the Premier League ahead of the clash with their struggling city rivals, who currently sit two places below Mourinho’s side having failed to win in any of their past six league fixtures.
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