Goal France reported that Blaise Matuidi was in England today to discuss a possible transfer to the Premier League.
The name of the club wasn’t given. All that was claimed was Matuidi, who is reportedly likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain, took a break away from the French national team to address his future.
The report included Manchester United as a potentially interested party, citing Matuidi’s agent, Mino Raiola, as the man who brokered Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to Old Trafford and appears likely to oversee Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s arrival.
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It seems odd that Didier Deschamps would allow the midfielder to leave the national team in the middle of a European Championship and according to L’Equipe’s Guillaume Dufy, Goal France’s report is untrue.
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Dufy claims that Matuidi remained at France’s Clairefontaine as Les Blues prepare for a semi-final clash against Germany on Thursday.
“I believe that this is not true,” Dufy told Get French Football.
“Blaise Matuidi was at Clairefontaine for lunch.”
United's interest in 2014
Despite Dufy’s denial, Matuidi to United isn’t entirely implausible.
Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a central midfielder - his interest in Paul Pogba not a secret - and the PSG man would be a nice fit in United’s midfield.
Pogba would cost the Red Devils anywhere from £80 million to £100m. Though Matuidi wouldn’t come cheap, he’d be a less-expensive option than the Juventus star.
And Phil Neville revealed last year that United looked at signing the 29-year-old in 2014.
"We wanted to sign him,” Neville, a United coach at the time, told BBC Radio 5 live. “We'd heard his contract was running out and we were really interested in him. Then he signed a contact with Paris St Germain, which was something we weren't happy with.
“We were looking at it at Man Utd last year to inject a little bit of energy. He runs from box to box and he carried the team forward simply through his energy on that left channel."
Pogba, Kante or Matuidi
Reports today claim that Mourinho is growing increasingly confident of signing Pogba in a deal that could surpass Gareth Bale’s world-record fee of £85 million.
Having already spent roughly £60m on the additions of Eric Bailly and Mkhitaryan (almost certainly), the Portuguese coach isn’t wasting any time in renovating his squad.
Whether Pogba, who has drawn interest from Real Madrid, arrives or not, expect United to add a defensive midfielder in the transfer window.
It could be Matuidi, it could be his compatriot, N’Golo Kante.
The Leicester City man reportedly prefers a move to Chelsea but considering his release clause is just £20m, Kante might just attract an intense bidding war from a number of teams.