In January, Chelsea re-signed Nemanja Matic – a player they sold only a couple of years earlier in a part-exchange deal for David Luiz.
Estimates suggest Chelsea lost £17m buying back the midfielder compared to his sale price. This is not generally considered smart business but, in the case of Matic, things appear to have worked out for the best.
He left Stamford Bridge on the fringes but found first-team football at Benfica by dropping deeper and blossoming into a fearsome midfielder.
He has the ability to break up play and drive forward when given the opportunity. He put himself in the shop window with an impressive performance against Chelsea in the Europa League final and has carried this form back from Portugal.
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