A January transfer window exit from Manchester United looks increasingly likely for Nemanja Matic with both player and club open to the midfielder leaving during the next transfer window.
The 31-year-old defensive midfielder has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, starting just two Premier League games so far this season.
Serbia international has been playing less and less regularly since arriving at the club in August 2017 for £35m from Chelsea.
The MEN reports that Matic is now performing so rarely he is concerned about his position in Serbia’s team in next summer’s European Championship.
As such, the former Chelsea man is open to a transfer away from Old Trafford to look for more playing time ahead of Euro 2020.
Matic’s contract with Manchester United ends next summer, so the club are open to cashing in on him while they can, with the hope of reinvesting the money in a replacement.
The Red Devils were already expected to go into the transfer market for a midfielder in the winter transfer window, but could make multiple signings if Matic is allowed to leave, with a striker also on the shopping list.
Matic has been out of action for a month, not even sitting on the bench for Man United since the loss to Newcastle in early October.
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described it as a ‘little problem’ but the lack of rush to get the midfielder back into the fold shows where he stands in his manager’s thinking.
Much will depend on whether Manchester United can identify a replacement in January, when it is notoriously hard to do deals, as if they cannot, then the club will likely favour to keep hold of Matic till the summer.