Midfielder Nemanja Matic was subject of a bid from both Milan clubs this summer.
Manchester United were holding out for more money, but may accept bids in January, according to reports.
The 31-year-old Serbian international has been relegated behind a midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and would be keen on a move away from Old Trafford. The powerful Serbian was one of Jose Mourinho’s most trusted performers, but the former Chelsea man has played just 22 minutes in United’s first four Premier League games
It seems Matic‘s opportunities at Manchester United could be limited this season, but ESPN claimed the player had expressed his desire to discuss his future with manager Solskjaer before the end of the transfer windows and that he could even consider leaving United.
It seems to have alerted both AC Milan and rivals Inter Milan regarding his potential availability. In addition, English journalist Duncan Castles told The Sun that both Milan clubs made bids for Matic, but that he was essentially forced to stay put by the Red Devils.
Speaking about Matic’s situation and Inter and Milan’s rejected bids, Castles stated “United didn’t take up those offers because they felt that financially they weren’t high enough for them to sell Matic. So he was forced to remain at the club.”
”’If these two important clubs in Italy, AC Milan and Inter Milan are interested in signing me and giving me a long-term contract at age 31, then the rational decision for me would be to pursue that option and go and play football in Italy, because I would rather be playing football in Italy on a long-term contract than be on the bench for a manager who would prefer to have someone else in the first team in England.
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“United didn’t take up those offers because they felt that financially they weren’t high enough for them to sell Matic. So he was forced to remain at the club. He didn’t push for a transfer in the sense of going public and going down the various steps you can go down when you want to move elsewhere.
AC Milan could go back in for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic in January and could use a player like him to deepen their midfield strength. MilanNews claims that the more successful Milan club could go back in for the 31-year-old in January, as could Inter Milan.
The Nerazzuri, meanwhile, would like to see Matic reunite with former boss Antonio Conte, after the pair won the Premier League in 2016/17 at Stamford Bridge.