Manchester United have emerged favourites to sign Blaise Matuidi in the summer after the midfielder has fallen out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain. The 30-year-old is not pleased with the terms of the two-year contract extension meted out to him and would consider a change in the summer if things do not turn for the better.
French publication Le Parisien reports that Jose Mourinho is looking to revamp his defence and midfield in the summer and is interested in signing the Frenchman who should be available for a fee less than €15m (£12.5m, $16m) given he has just over a year left in contract. The hardworking midfielder has made 31 starts this season in all competitions for PSG scoring six goals and picked up the same number of assists, contributing much to the French club's quest to win the title.
PSG manager Unai Emery prefers Adrian Rabiot in the centre of the pitch for his youthful running and his ability to cover ground at pace, which has not gone down well with Matuidi, who also played a decisive role in France's road to the finals in Euro 2016. Mino Raiola, his agent, is presenting interesting tracks to the midfielder for a move in the summer, especially in England and Spain, where Matuidi can still thrive with his experience.
Matuidi's move to United can be facilitated by the presence of his former teammate at PSG, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his France national teammate, Paul Pogba. The duo have been central to United's charge this season. Mourinho, who is looking for a midfield general to replace the ageing Michael Carrick, may choose to delve into his pockets to complete a cut-price deal for the midfielder.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have suffered a massive blow in their quest to finish the season on a high, with Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo both suffering injuries in the Europa League second leg tie against Anderlecht.