The agent of Blaise Matuidi has confirmed that no less than 25 clubs tried to sign Blaise Matuidi from Paris Saint-Germain last summer - however the French giants refused to sell up.
The French international has emerged as a key player for PSG over the past two seasons, and will be on display in his side's Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea this evening.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been linked with a swoop in the past, and now Mino Raiola has revealed the true extent of the battle for his signature.
"It would have been good if he had changed club last summer," he said. "But he didn’t want to and neither did PSG.
"I am still of the same opinion: it is good for the player and for the club when there are changes in the group. But Nasser did not agree, so Blaise is still here. Twenty-five clubs wanted Blaise! PSG refused offers, really big offers from clubs of the same standing as PSG."
Whether there will be a similar race this summer remains to be seen but a report in L'Equipe this morning claimed that the midfielder's camp were angling for a move at the end of the current campaign.
They also quote the price of €50 million for the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea to get the deal done, which works out at around £35 million.
It would certainly seem as though Manchester United are in need of Matuidi's services the most. They've struggled this season and looked jaded at times, and the Frenchman's dynamism would certainly help improve their starting XI.
Chelsea look to be well stocked in the middle of the park, although there are doubts about Ramires who acts as a link between Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic. Matuidi would be the perfect man to do all the running at Stamford Bridge and would make Mourinho's team even stronger.
Arsenal look to be most in need of a defensive midfielder which isn't a role that Matuidi could fill, however Arsene Wenger rates his countryman highly and could make a move.