Blanc admits PSG are scared of losing Arsenal target Matuidi, club president has another view

Laurent Blanc admits his fear star midfielder Blaise Matuidi could leave the club, but the PSG president is not so worried.

Arsenal are considering a late move for PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi, report The Mail, with the enforcer's contract set to expire in June.

The French international is a talented defensive midfielder who has been linked to Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in recent months, but an injury to Aaron Ramsey and suspension of Mathieu Flamini for key games is said to have Arsene Wenger contemplating his options.

It would not be a kneejerk move. Matuidi is an outstanding talent, and Arsenal have been in search of a defensive midfielder since Alex Song left, with Flamini seen as an excellent addition if not a long-term one.

Matuidi, 26, is a regular for PSG yet he has not signed a new contract, thought to be keen to explore his options at the end of the season, yet this could alternately see the French champions cash in on him now rather than lose him for free.

Manager Laurent Blanc admits the club are in a tricky position, stating to RMC:

"We can, if necessary, deal with another club in January. This is the case of Blaise Matuidi.

"There are difficulties. Not on his desire to continue the adventure with PSG, but with the agents.It slows us down a little in the negotiations with Blaise. As he has not re-signed, you're always afraid of losing him becausehet is out of contract.

"We want to keep him, he is very important. You can always get these things in football."

Club president Nasser El-Khalaifi remains confident the midfielder will re-sign a new contract:

"Blaise will stay. He is a very important element for us. He loves this club, it is Paris, his life is here. He is part of our project and he wants to stay. His contract he will soon be extended? Yes, he will stay there no problem."

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