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Chelsea will bid £21 million to bring Benfica centre midfielder Nemanja Matic back to the club, as per Jason Burt at The Telegraph.
"[Matic] left Stamford Bridge in January 2011 as a makeweight in the £25 million deal to acquire David Luiz," Burt wrote. "Matic, who was named player of the year in the Portuguese league last season, is understood to have a buy-out clause in his contract that is around £37 million."
According to Burt, Chelsea valued Matic at £4.15 million at the time, and now Benfica stand to make a profit of £16.85 million by selling Chelsea a former Chelsea player.
No way, Jose.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson once called Chelsea's greatest ever player, Gianfranco Zola, a "clever little so-and-so." Well, apply that to Benfica management.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho should continue playing Luiz in midfield, which will give him a chance to reach Matic's level.
When Luiz becomes comfortable in midfield, then his attacking play will come naturally.
The goal is to turn Luiz into a world-class box-to-box midfielder, so signing Matic will hinder that process.
Kevin De Bruyne Update
Het Laatste Nieuws writer Kristof Terreur, a Belgian football expert, tweeted: "Klaus Allofs (Wolfsburg) confirms they are close to agreeing terms with Chelsea on Kevin De Bruyne. #cfc."
Gerry Cox at The Telegraph reported that the fee is £18 million, which would be £1 million more expensive than what Bayern Munich paid Marseille for Franck Ribery in 2007.
According to a tweet by Terreur, the transfer fee is slightly lower than Cox's evaluation: "Kevin De Bruyne will sign a contract until 2019, once Wolfsburg & Chelsea have agreed on some details. Initial fee around £16m-17m. #CFC."
It is a financially inefficient deal for Wolfsburg because De Bruyne isn't going to change their fortunes by himself.
That was Wolfsburg's mindset when they signed Andres D'Alessandro, and it didn't work out.
De Bruyne needs help in the form of a world-class No. 9, and if Wolfsburg don't sign one in this window or the next summer transfer window, then legitimate questions have to be asked regarding the thought process in spending big on De Bruyne.
Should Chelsea sell De Bruyne to Wolfsburg for £18 million, you would give the Blues a grade of A+ in transfer negotiation.
To give you an idea of how inflated the mooted £18 million valuation is, three of Wolfsburg's greatest ever players in recent times cost a combined £11.1 million: Grafite (Le Mans; £4.6 million) Edin Dzeko (Teplice; £3.3 million) and Zvjezdan Misimovic (Nurnberg; £3.2 million).
Please note that by the time of publication, De Bruyne may have already been announced as a Wolfsburg player.