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SL Benfica have confirmed to the Portuguese stock exchange that they have accepted a €25 million bid from Chelsea for midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The Serbian midfielder, who left Stamford Bridge in 2011 to join the Lisbon-based club, is currently undergoing a medical in London - but his former club have wasted no time in releasing an official press statement confirming his sale.

At €25 million (£20.7 million), Matic represents the sort of Hollywood acquisition of José Mourinho's first reign as Chelsea boss, but with financial fairplay regulations to meet, the move will no doubt be partly-funded by Kevin de Bruyne's impending transfer to Wolfsburg for £16 million.

The transfer was formally announced shortly after 5pm British time on the official Chelsea website.

Matic has signed a five-year deal, and will wear the number 21 jersey that has been vacated by the on-loan Marko Marin.

José Mourinho had this to say: 'I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea. He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder. I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions'.

Matic - a full Serbian international - is likely to go straight into the squad that faces Manchester United on Sunday.

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WTF happen to Benfica trying to hustle us?

And I thought he had a buy out clause.

How the hell we pull this of?

Whoever did it, deserves a raise!

Benfica aren't exactly financially healthy from what I've read; so maybe their hand was forced. They did make quite a tidy profit regardless.

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