‘Mou’ has been tracking Serb all summer long.
Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho is to watch Benfica midfield player Nemanja Matic in action for Serbia in Friday’s Fifa World Cup qualifier against Croatia, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The west London club have been keeping close tabs on the highly rated Serbia international all summer long, although in the end the Blues decided against bringing the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge this season.
However, it is understood that the self-styled ‘Special One’ is still interested in re-signing Matic, who left Chelsea for the Portuguese giants in January 2011 as part of the big-money deal that also saw defender David Luiz sign for the Blues.
Matic himself had arrived at the Bridge in August 2009 on a four-year deal from MFK Kosice for a fee of just £1.5m, however, the Serb made just the two Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the following 18 months, without finding the back of the net for the club.
But Matic has since taken his game to a new level in the Portuguese capital, scoring four times in his 45 league appearances for Benfica in the two-and-a-half years that he has been with the club, and it is now expected that Chelsea will make a move for the player when the January transfer window opens at the turn of the year.