With the January transfer window approaching, all players whose current deals expire in the summer are free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club at the turn of the year.
One such player is highly rated Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who is stalling over a new deal at the Parc des Princes.
The France international is thought to be keen to land a pay rise at the newly rich club, and talks over an extension are ongoing.
However, with nothing yet agreed and with there thought to be a discrepancy between what the player wants and what PSG are offering, L’Equipe has reported that Matuidi has English admirers.
Both Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly keeping close tabs on the latest with the midfielder according to the French newspaper, with both able to land Matuidi for a free next summer by agreeing a deal in advance in January.
Matuidi, 26, was one of the hottest prospects in European football when he was at St Etienne, and opted for a move to the French capital in 2011. He has amassed 15 caps for his national side, and has been an ever present for PSG this term domestically.
Given the player’s calibre and the money at the disposal of the French side, an extension is likely if both parties want it to happen. However, if Matuidi is eyeing a move to the Premier League, do City or Chelsea need him more?
City are seemingly linked with every top player that may well be available due to their wealth and exuberant means in the transfer market. However, in this instance, Matuidi is not overly needed at the Etihad Stadium.
Fernandinho and Yaya Toure have been bossing opponent midfields for the majority of the campaign, and Manuel Pellegrini has the likes of Javi Garcia, James Milner, Jack Rodwell and the on-loan Gareth Barry also to pick from.
Matuidi’s addition would more than likely mark the end of the City careers of some of these fringe players, but with the first-choice pairing performing well, there is no massive need to bring the France international to Manchester.
Chelsea on the other hand could use Matuidi to solidify their options in the heart of their team. Jose Mourinho also has plenty of options available, but some of these players seem past their best or not up to the task.
If the Portuguese manager is keen to add silverware to the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet, a driving force in the midfield is needed. Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel are not at a level to deliver this, and as such it is up to Frank Lampard and Ramires to coordinate the side’s central midfield.
Matuidi has the energy, work-rate and dynamism to be a real hit in west London, and his signing would certainly make sense for Mourinho’s men.
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