Chicago Fire started talks with £120,000-a-week Man United midfielder

Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire have pulled out of a move to sign Red Devils midfielder Nemanja Matic after deeming the contract to be too expensive. Serbia international has fallen out of favour under the Norwegian boss this term with the coach preferring the younger legs of McTominay, Fred and Pereira in Paul Pogba’s absence.

However, with Pual and Scott currently sidelined, Nemanja has been reinstated into the first-team set-up given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s lack of options. Matic had been minded to leave the Old Trafford in winter and had attracted attention from AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

However, the 31-year-old midfielder had considered a complete career change and had held initial discussions with Chicago Fire over a move to the USA. The MLS club recently freed up a designated footballer slot after Bastian Schweinsteiger’s retirement and felt that he was at the perfect stage of his career to move to Illinois.

However, Man United have been put off by the Serbian midfielder’s wage demands and have pulled out of a contract. Nemanja is out of contract at the end of the campaign, but Red Devils are likely to trigger a one-year extension to protect their £40m investment in the footballer.

The situation will be reassessed at the end of the campaign when Solskjaer hopes to add at least two midfielders to his squad. Man United signed several footballers during the summer transfer window like Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, Daniel James from Swansea and Harry Maguire from Leicester City.