Manchester United have completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea on a three-year contract.
United will pay Chelsea a £40 million transfer fee, sources said, to reunite Matic with Jose Mourinho, who brought the midfielder to Stamford Bridge in January 2014.
The 28-year-old becomes Mourinho’s third signing of the summer after the arrivals of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku and takes United’s summer spending toward £150m.
Mourinho told the club’s official website: “Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.
“I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new No. 31.”
Matic added: “I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.
“This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club.”
Matic initially joined Chelsea in 2009 but was sold to Benfica in 2011 after making just two Premier League appearances.
Mourinho paid £21m to bring him back in 2014, with the midfielder becoming an integral part of Chelsea’s title-winning team in 2014-15.
The Serbia international, who won a second Premier League title under Antonio Conte last season, leaves Chelsea having played 151 games in his second spell with the club, scoring seven goals.
He moves on an initial fee of £35 million, with the potential for £5m more in add-ons, sources said.