Manchester United are close to signing Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m.
Matic, 28, would be United’s third summer buy – following £31m defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and £75m striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
It will be the second time United manager Jose Mourinho has bought Matic, having signed him for Chelsea.
Mourinho spent £21m in January 2014 to buy the player from Benfica for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Matic had been valued at less than £5m in January 2011 when he left Chelsea as a makeweight in the deal for defender David Luiz.
The midfielder scored once in 35 Premier League appearances during Chelsea’s title-winning 2016-17 season – but also struck spectacularly in their FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham in April.
His exit had been expected after the Blues signed France international Tiemoue Bakayoko,22, from French champions Monaco in areported £40m deal earlier this month.
Italian champions Juventus were also understood to be keen on Matic.