Chelsea are lining up a huge £39 million bid to capture Paris Saint-Germain star Blaise Matuidi, according to The Sun.
Matuidi is currently in his fifth season at the French champions and the 28-year-old still has two years left on his contract.
However, Chelsea believe £39 million will be another to capture the Frenchman who has been the mainstay of Laurent Blanc’s midfield since his arrival at the club.
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Matuidi is exactly the type of player the Blues need with Nemanja Matic failing to rekindle the form that saw him earn a place in the Premier League Team of the Year as Jose Mourinho’s men eased to the title.
Caretaker manager Guus Hiddink currently favours two defensive minded central midfielders that have the ability to break up any possible attacks from the opposition. The Dutch boss has opted for Matic and John Obi-Mikel but the English champions need more options in that position.
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Lack of midfield options
Ramires left the club for China and Ruben Loftus-Cheek hasn’t been given many first-team opportunities despite the club’s disappointing season.
Matuidi won the 2015 French player of the year and has been impressive yet again this campaign, playing an influential role as PSG lead the French league by 14 points and are still unbeaten.
Champions League clashes
Chelsea have had plenty of opportunity to see Matuidi play in recent years with the two sides meeting in the previous two seasons in the Champions League. They will meet for the third consecutive year next week when Hiddink’s men travel to Parc des Princes for the first leg of their last-16 clash.
PSG signed Matuidi in July 2011 to replace former Chelsea midfield Claude Makelele, who retired that summer. They paid Saint-Etienne a fee reported to be around £5 million and the left-footer has proved to be a real bargain for the club.
Matuidi has earned 41 caps for his country and will form a formidable pairing with Juventus’ Paul Pogba when France host Euro 2016 this summer.
Although the midfielder is usually more renown for his tackling rather than his goalscoring skills, he has now scored 24 goals in his four-and-a-half seasons at PSG.
Manager Blanc believes that despite being known for his more conservative style, he has the attributes to score plenty of goals.
"You can see how much Matuidi has progressed, but he has been getting to that level for the last few years, just now it is more noticeable because of the goals,” he told FourFourTwo earlier this season.
"He has the will to get into the penalty area, this is where it makes a difference to what he was doing before because he has that ability and a large capacity for work."