Juventus agree deal to sign PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi for £18.2m

Guingamp's French forward Yannis Salibur (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Blaise Matuidi during the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs En Avant...

Juventus have agreed a fee to sign the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi for £18.2m plus add-ons. The French international is one of PSG’s longest serving players but has been allowed to leave during a summer of upheaval at the Ligue 1 club.

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The Juventus CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, was in Monte Carlo on Wednesday to meet the PSG director Antero Henrique and conclude a deal for the 30-year-old, who joined PSG from St-Etienne in 2011 and has won four league titles during his time in the French capital.

Matuidi, who has agreed a three-year deal with the Turin club, becomes Massimiliano Allegri’s 10th summer signing, following in the footsteps of Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Douglas Costa and Wojciech Szczesny, among others.

It has been a somewhat turbulent summer at Juventus too with Allegri allowing the central defender Leonardo Bonucci to leave the club and join Milan in a £35.2m deal after the two fell out at the end of last season.

PSG have signed Neymar from Barcelona for £198m while Dani Alves, who was at Juventus last season, joined on a free transfer.

The Italian season kicks off at the weekend with Juventus taking on Cagliari at home on Saturday.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson, for The Guardian on Wednesday 16th August 2017 12.31 Europe/London

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