Man Utd, Arsenal in pursuit of Juventus midfielder after contract reboot

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Manchester United will rival Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais to sign Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi, according to reports in Italy.

The France international’s contract was set to expire at the end of June 2020, but Juve have recently exercised an option to extend this by another year.

“In my contract there was an option for another year,” Matuidi told Sport24. “Juventus have exercised it. I never had any doubts about it. I feel the trust of everyone.”

However, Matuidi is still interesting other teams and Juve have now protected the £27.8million investment they made in the 32-year-old in 2017.

Italian publication CalcioMercato report that United, who were linked with Matuidi in the summer, are not alone to monitoring the player’s situation as Arsenal and French club Lyon are also keen on the Toulouse-born star.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add to his midfield having signed Bruno Fernandes in January. The Norwegian has been left in central midfield this season following the injury to Scott McTominay and long-running Paul Pogba saga.

Solskjaer will also allow Nemanja Matic to leave when his contract expires this summer and the same source claim his agent has been offering him to teams in Serie A.

AC Milan apparently said no immediately, due to the player’s current €10m-a-year salary, but Juventus and Inter Milan are the other potential suitors.

Matuidi could well be seen as a replacement for Matic, but Arsenal are also believed to be interested in the former PSG man, while Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said the player was a target for them last summer.




“[Sporting director] Juninho dreamed of Matuidi last summer,” Aulas told French paper Le Figaro.

“He saw OL as a tailor-made club for him and the only team able to beat PSG in France.

“It didn’t happen because Blaise Matuidi wanted to spend this season with Juventus, he shows that he was right.

“He is right to stay because I think that Juve, if she gets out of the trap that we are going to set them here, will be favourite of the Champions League.”