£13.2m Arsenal target 'flattered' by interest - loves Premier League

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Arsenal target Blaise Matuidi has revealed he's flattered by speculation linking him with a move to England.

The French international has been linked with a handful of clubs in the Barclays Premier League, with Newcastle the latest club to join Liverpool and the Gunners in their interest.

Arsene Wenger is known to be a long-term admirer of the 24-year-old central midfielder, and the Arsenal target admitted his delight at being linked with an England switch.

"I am flatered by the interest from clubs abroad, and I have always loved the Premier League," he said.

"It is the best league in the world, so exicting, and I really want to be part of that one day, however St Etienne has its say about that."

Less than a week ago, St Etienne president Roland Romeyer told Arsenal and other suitors that they would have to play £13.2 million, with additional add-ons also thought to be needed as part of the deal.

"The right fee is €15million (£13.2m). We will not discuss anything lower," Romeyer told The Progress.


The Arsenal boss confirmed back in May that he would look to spend money this summer, promising to add players in the transfer window should the 'right' type of player be available to the Emirates outfit.

A midfielder is thought to be high on the agenda, with Denilson tipped to make a north London exit and the futures remaining uncertain for Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at Arsenal.

Douglas Costa, Gokhan Inler and Yann M'Vila have all been speculatively mentioned alongside the Gunners in recent weeks, and a move for one player in the position seems imminent for Arsenal after Ivan Gazidis confirmed the manager would be backed in the market.

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