Chelsea & Manchester City face Italian fight for Matuidi

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Chelsea and Manchester City target Blaise Matuidi is being linked with a move to Italy.

French publication Le 10 Sport claims that Roma are the latest club to take an interest in the midfielder, who is out of contract next summer and potentially available on a free transfer.

Clubs could look to reach a pre-contract agreement with the France international as soon as January, although the 26-year-old has previously claimed to be happy at the Parc des Princes.

Indeed, the paper claims Matuidi described speculation surrounding his future in the capital as 'non-sense', despite the lack of a new deal.

That hasn't stopped the speculation however, with the Serie 'A' side now the latest name in the frame for the former Saint-Etienne star.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has also been linked, although the Blues aren't short of options at the heart of midfield.

John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard and Ramires are all battling for places in a 4-2-3-1 formation, whilst David Luiz can also move forward into the position for the Blues if required at Stamford Bridge.

Matuidi would certainly add 'the special one' with another top class option in the position, although a lack of first team opportunities at Chelsea could potentially be on the player's mind.

The situation could be the same at Manchester City, also linked with Matuidi, who have a plethora of midfielders to choose from at the Etihad Stadium.

Javi Garcia and Yaya Toure were already on the Citizens' books when Manuel Pellegrini took over, and Brazilian international Fernandinho was subsequently purchased to bolster the position in the summer.

But, the opportunity to land Matuidi for nothing would be difficult for the Manchester City manager to turn down, and the club have the financial might to make a tempting individual offer.

If PSG wish to keep the player beyond the summer of 2014, then they might be wise to agree a new deal, and the paper claims November 4th could be a pivotal day in Matuidi's future.

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