Man Utd face transfer battle with Arsenal for Juventus defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on continuing his overhaul of his squad at the end of the season and the club are keeping tabs on Juventus defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi. However, United are not alone to monitoring the player’s situation as Arsenal and French club Olympique Lyonnais are also keen on the 32-year-old, according to Italian publication CalcioMercato.

The player’s current contract was set to expire at the end of June 2020 but Juventus have recently exercised an option to extend this by another year.

This means the Old Lady will now avoid allowing the player, who they signed for £27.8million (€30.5m) in 2017 from Paris Saint-Germain, to leave on a free.

However, despite Juve extending Matuidi’s contract, the report claims interest in the player from other teams still remains.

Solskjaer has been left short-handed in central midfield this season following the long-term inquires to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

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The Norwegian has had to rely on defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic to step up in their absence, but the Serbian is out of contract at the end of the season and United appear reluctant to extend his deal due to his age and high wages.

Arsenal on the other hand could look to Matuidi to provide some stability in midfield, while also helping out a defence that has conceded 36 league goals in just 27 games this season.

Meanwhile, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that the player was a target for them last summer, and also said that Matuidi had decided to spend another season in Turin.


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“[Sporting director] Juninho dreamed of Matuidi last summer,” Aulas told French paper Le Figaro, ahead of their Champions League match against Juventus on Wednesday.

“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.”


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Speaking about the contract renewal and his future at Juventus, Matuidi said: “I will stay here, my contract included a clause for an additional year in option and the club has decided to exercise it.

“I am very happy to continue another season here.

“I never had any doubts because I felt the trust of all parties.

“It is certain that I am getting old and in this choice, I also think of my family who love Turin.”

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