NEWS
Saturday July 30 2016
Juventus ask for Matuidi

Reports suggest Juventus have made enquiries about Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

The Bianconeri are on the verge of selling Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world record fee, with the Turin club expected to get €110m, plus another €10m in bonuses.

According to calciomercato.com, the Old Lady are considering PSG man Matuidi as a replacement for his fellow French international.

Relations between the two clubs are frosty, not least because of Kingsley Coman’s free transfer to Juve.

However, Pogba and Matuidi share an agent, Mino Raiola, and he could be key in opening up negotiations.

If the Pogba deal goes through as expected, it will be beneficial for Juventus and Raiola, with the agent set to be paid around €20m by United.

Raiola could therefore look to cement his relationship with the Bianconeri by helping them to secure another of his clients.

It’s thought the Italian champions’ first offer will be €30m plus bonuses, but the Parisian side want at least €40m.

While that is within the Old Lady’s budget, general manager Giuseppe Marotta would be hesitant about spending such a fee on a midfielder who is almost 30.

A Juventus intermediary has already met with PSG, and also enquired about the availability of Marco Verratti.

Juve would have been willing to put serious money on the table for the playmaker they missed out on in 2012, but have been told in no uncertain terms that he’s not for sale.

In addition, Verratti himself has made it clear he has absolutely no intention of leaving Paris this summer.

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