Paris Saint Germain have warned Manchester City and Arsenal against making a late bid to sign Blaise Matuidi before transfer deadline day.
The France international has entered the final six months of his contract at Parc de Princes, prompting a number of clubs to investigate the possibility of signing the 23-year-old on a cut price deal.
It has been suggested that Manuel Pellegrini may try to bolster his already formidable midfield with Matuidi while more recent reports suggest the Gunners may look into a possible move with the club now facing a minor crisis in midfield.
Arsene Wenger could be without the influential Aaron Ramsey for up to six weeks after the Welshman suffered a fresh thigh injury in training while Mathieu Flamini has picked up a four match suspension, courtesy of a straight red against Southampton on Tuesday and having already served a one match ban earlier in the season.
But PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has fired a stark warning at any club thinking of trying to sign the powerful midfielder, insisting any attempts to unsettle his players will come back to haunt them.
"Interest from Manchester City in Matuidi? I am not worried because they know that if they touch one of our players then we will be in opposition to them and we will go and contact their players too," Khelaifi told L'Equipe.
"We respect all clubs but if a club tries to buy one of our players then it will have to face consequences.
"I don't aim this at Manchester City, as from what I know they did not contact Matuidi."
Paris Saint Germain have also confirmed the capture of Yohan Cabaye, signing the Frenchman on a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 28-year-old's return to Ligue 1 could place Matuidi's role at the Ligue 1 holders under further scrutiny, with the club also very keen to recruit Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.