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Liverpool and Arsenal race for £7m French ace hots up

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Newcastle United are the latest club said to be tracking promising St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi reports The Sun.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is planning a £7million summer swoop for the exciting 23-year-old, who made his France debut earlier in the season after being rewarded for his impressive performances in Ligue 1 this campaign.

Liverpool and Arsenal have also reportedly been keeping tabs on the tough tackling midfield general, with insidefutbol.com saying that Arsene Wenger is lining up Matuidi as a summer acquisition.

A potential move to the Emirates Stadium looks increasingly likely after the Arsenal boss received favourable feedback from Gunners chief scout Gilles Grimandi.


 

Additional competition for the player’s signature may also come from Liverpool, with the Anfield club said to have been monitoring Matuidi ever since the arrival of the Reds’ Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli.

According to talkSPORT, the Angolan-born star is Liverpool’s top transfer target this summer as the Reds owners look set to continue splashing the cash in a bid to improve the Anfield squad in a bid to return the club to its former glories.

Despite being under contract until the summer of 2013, Matuidi is rumoured to have a minimum fee release clause in his contract that will allow him to leave St Etienne as soon as the magic figure is met.

Whilst the exact amount needed to trigger negotiations isn’t yet known, it is believed that the fee is within reach for all the interested parties, so a move to Liverpool, Arsenal or Newcastle cannot be ruled out.

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