Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi will be allowed to leave the club this summer with the Frenchman said to be keen on experiencing a new league. Unai Emery is hoping the midfielder will remain with the Ligue 1 champions, but indicated that he will not stand in his way if he decides to leave for pastures new.
Manchester United's pursuit of Paul Pogba will receive a boost as Juventus are said to be showing interest in signing Matuidi to replace the former if he leaves the club this summer, according to French publication L'equipe. The Red Devils are quite confident about landing the midfielder for a world-record fee touted to be around £100m ($131m) with the Italian club's manager Massimiliano Allegri confirming that talks are ongoing between the two clubs.
Juventus have already signed Miralem Pjanic this summer, and interest in the PSG midfielder will boost the 20-time English champions' hopes of landing their fourth summer signing. Mourinho, however, is also keeping an eye on developments involving the 29-year-old midfielder and will make a move if United fail to sign Pogba this summer. According to the Manchester Evening News, the Frenchman is valued at around £30m by the Ligue 1 club.
PSG have a number of options in midfield with Marco Verratti, Benjamin Stambouli and Adrien Rabiot. They have also recently added former Sevilla defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak to the ranks which gives the manager a number of options should Matuidi leave this summer.
"He is a very good player. We have a lot of left-footed defensive midfielders. If he has the opportunity to leave and if he thinks there are too many midfielders here... But I do not want him to go," Emery said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
Matuidi has been a regular with the French champions since his arrival from Saint-Etienne in 2011 and is also an established France international. He made 48 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals last season from a deep lying midfielder's role and also played a key role in France's run to the final of the recently concluded European Championships.