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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly prepared to let Blaise Matuidi depart the Parc des Princes this summer for €15 million (£12.6 million), and the midfielder would be open a move to Manchester United.
According to Le Parisien (via Tom Coast of Sport Witness), France international Matuidi, 30, is unlikely to stay at PSG past the summer as he isn’t happy at the club and has only a year left on his contract.
The report added Matuidi could be on United manager Jose Mourinho’s list of targets as he continues his Old Trafford rebuild, and the former Saint-Etienne player could be snapped up at a relatively cheap €10-€15 million (£8.4-£12.6 million).
Central midfielder Matuidi could be a useful addition to United’s squad given that Michael Carrick is now 35 years old and the Red Devils’ engine room lacks great depth.
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He is also an international team-mate of Paul Pogba, so the pair would likely take little time to form an effective partnership.
PSG, meanwhile, have the depth to cope without him.
Indeed, as highlighted in Coast’s report, the fact that Adrien Rabiot is set to take his starting spot in the future is one of the reasons Matuidi is keen to leave.
He joined the Paris giants in 2011 and has won four Ligue 1 titles at the club. Per L’Equipe (h/t French football writer Matt Spiro), there were widespread rumours last summer he would move to Juventus:
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#PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi in advanced talks with #Juventus and close to sealing €30m transfer (plus €4m add ons), according to L’Equipe
8/24/2016, 7:35:25 AM
He did not make the move to Italy, but with his contract now winding down, the upcoming summer transfer window is PSG’s last opportunity to make good money on him.
Given Matuidi’s numerous attributes both as a solid defensive presence in the middle of the park and an enterprising distributor, there will likely be a number of suitors for him even if United are not interested.
He will be missed at the Parc des Princes, but PSG manager Unai Emery has other personnel to replace him should he leave.