Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery could allow reported Manchester United target Blaise Matuidi to leave the club this summer.
According to ESPN, United are interested in signing 29-year-old Matuidi whatever the outcome may be of their long-running pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Since taking over at the Parc de Princes, Emery has signed Grzegorz Krychowiak from former club Sevilla, a move that could mean less first-team football for Matuidi next season with him, Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore, Adrien Rabiot, Thiago Motta and Benjamin Stambouli all vying for a central midfield berth.
And while the new manager insists the France international is still very much a part of his plans ahead of the 2016-17 season, he admits the player could still leave.
"Matuidi is a fantastic footballer and he belongs to PSG," Emery told a press conference, L'Equipe report. "We are waiting for him. He is a great footballer and logically I don't want to dispense with great footballers.
"We have spoken about how there are a lot of midfielders and that there could be a situation in a given moment that the player could leave. But of course, I am behind him. The circumstance could change that, but in principle I do not want that."
United remain hopeful of resigning Paul Pogba four years on from his acrimonious departure from Old Trafford and are willing to pay a world record fee for the 23-year-old.
Jose Mourinho has warned however the club are considering at least two other alternatives, if a deal cannot be struck.
"We are calm, we know the profile of player want and we have three faces to fill that profile," Mourinho said. I am really confident Mr Woodward and the owners will get the profile of player they think the squad needs to have a good balance."