Reports that Blaise Matuidi travelled to England - specifically Manchester - on Monday to discuss a transfer to the Premier League were quickly denied.
It seemed bizarre that the Paris-Saint Germain player would be allowed to leave the French national team in the midst of a European Championships to discuss his future.
But, though Matuidi might not have been in England, that doesn’t mean to say he won’t be arriving in the Premier League this summer.
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According to Le Parisien, the 29-year-old is willing to consider offers from English clubs.
But there’s a catch; Matuidi will only consider the big boys as a possible destination.
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That means Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all have a chance of landing the midfielder should PSG be willing to accept a bid.
Le Parisien’s report adds that he hasn’t received an offer from any of those aforementioned names and the pursuit of Paul Pogba could play a key role in whereabouts Matuidi is playing his football next season.
United were tipped to be chasing the PSG man but Pogba is Jose Mourinho’s top priority.
The Portuguese coach admitted he remains in the market for another signing in addition to the arrivals of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the expected arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“We made a nucleus of four priorities, four positions to give a certain balance to the squad, to give a certain push in terms of quality and the qualities I need and want. Especially the ones with more vision,” Mourinho told reporters at his introductory press conference.
“We decided four targets. From these four, we have three and until we don’t have the fourth, we are still working hard, myself, the structure, Mr. Woodward, the owners, we are working hard.
“When we have the fourth I breathe and then the market will be open. We are not going to get the fourth on August 31, we will get the fourth before then.”
United are back
Fans are desperate for Pogba to be to the fourth signing but Mourinho faces stiff competition from Real Madrid for the Juventus man’s signature.
If signing Ibrahimovic wasn’t already a statement, beating the Champions League winners to the biggest prospect in Europe would signal that United are back among the elite after three years of disappointment.
Even Matuidi would be an impressive signing. The box-to-box midfielder has played a key part in PSG’s domination of the French league and impressed in France’s 5-2 win over Iceland at Euro 2016.