Real Madrid reportedly eye Benfica’s Matic as Khedira replacement
Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing up the January transfer of Benfica’s Nemanja Matic as a replacement for German international, Sami Khedira, who will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn cruciate ligament last week.
According to Portuguese daily Correio da Manha, Matic has once again been linked with Real Madrid after a reported deal over the past summer never came to fruition.
However, in an added twist, the transfer for the 25-year-old Matic, who has a release clause of €50 million but would be willing to lower it to €27 million, would include former Benfica and Portuguese international left-back, Fabio Coentrao.
Matic has been linked with Europe’s top clubs, with the Serbian international being open to a move back to Chelsea, should they buy him back after selling him to Benfica in 2011.
Benfica are know for making great profits off their players, such as Coentrao’s €35 million transfer to Real Madrid in 2010 and could make things difficult for Real Madrid, who have already spent over €150 million on players this season.