Arsenal and Juventus are set to enter into a contest for the transfer of want-away Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, as per Gazzetta dello Sport.
Despite signing Granit Xhaka from Germany Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach earlier on in the summer, Arsenal still want more midfield options due to their players’ susceptibility to injuries, while Juventus are also keen to fill the void left open by Paul Pogba who made a return to Manchester United for a world record fee in early August. Juventus believe the box-to-box Matuidi will adequately plug the hole in midfield with his quality and experience.
Now SportItalia pundit, Alfredo Pedulla [via Calciomercato] is reporting that Matuidi has asked to leave PSG after a successful five-year stint at the Parc des Princes.
Sky Italia, on the other hand, [via Gianluca di Marzio], claim a decision is yet to be taken as the player’s representatives are planning to meet with officials of PSG to discuss their client’s roles and future in the team.
The arrival of new manager Unai Emery, who brought along Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, could mean a relegation to the bench for Matuidi – something he is not ready to accept – and this is why he is pushing for a move. Although Emery – a winner of back to back Europa Leagues with Sevilla – had stated his desire for Matuidi to remain at PSG, his statement does not suggest the French midfielder will be a regular in the team.
“I want the best players with me, with the squad and with PSG. Matuidi is one of them”, Emery said at a news conference on the eve of PSG’s 1-0 opening Ligue 1 clash against Bastia.
“He’s a good player, he’s part of the identity of the club. He’s one of the leaders and capable of being captain. My opinion is clear. I want him to stay.” [ESPN].