Jose Mourinho has signed Nemanja Matic in each of his last two jobs – Chelsea and Manchester United – and is already believed to be eyeing the experienced Serbian international for a third time at new club Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho signed Matic for Chelsea, the player’s second spell at the club, in January 2014, just six months after his own return to Stamford Bridge. He then took the player to Old Trafford a year into his spell at United, paying Chelsea in excess of £30m.
The Independent carries a report which details Mourinho’s early interactions with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, with the Portuguese essentially selling himself to the club.
That is seemingly evidenced by Mourinho telling Spurs that he wants to Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, a player who was close to joining in summer, and Benfica talent Ruben Dias – Mourinho and agent Jorge Mendes has always had success in the Portuguese market.
But The Independent also note that Matic was another player that was ‘specifically name-checked’ by Mourinho when he sat down with Levy.
The speculation about reunion had already exploded before there was any air of substance to it, such has been the previous relationship between the manager and player.
Very strangely, Matic actually responded to one social media post on the subject.
The post from ‘Benchwarmers’ included a series of forlorn images and was captioned with the sentence, ‘Matic waiting for January so Jose Mourinho can sign him.’
Matic posted a commented consisting of clapping and laughing emojis, though it is not clear whether he was suggesting there is any truth to it or that he simply appreciated the joke.
90min reported just over a week ago that Matic could leave United in January after falling out of favour at Old Trafford. West Ham are one possible option for the 31-year-old, who is believed to be very fond of London and is therefore open to returning to the capital.
Tottenham are obviously based in London as well, suggesting they could also be a viable option.