Juventus To Get Matuidi At The Expense Of Cuadrado

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Blaise Matuidi is among the growing list of players who, despite being linked with United, will not be arriving to Old Trafford this summer.

The French midfielder is all set to leave Paris Saint-Germain, and was considered to be a major option for Mourinho, who looks to boost his midfield options this summer.

However, according to Italian daily Corriere dello Sport (via ​101 Great Goals), Matuidi has chosen to join Juventus over the Premier League side.

This move would be a good signing for the Bianconeri, who were dominated in the middle of the pitch in the finals of UEFA Champions League at Cardiff.

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The media outlet wrote: “Juve have the midfielder in hand, he splits with PSG – Frenchman ready to sign – Cuadrado could be included in negotiations, as he’s liked by Emery.”

Juventus' Paulo Dybala (bottom) celebrates with his team mate Juan Cuadrado after scoring his second goal.

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The 30-year-old’s contract runs until 2018, and with just one year remaining on the deal, it seems certain that he’s leaving the club. Paris Saint-Germain would now have to look for another solid alternative for the player to maintain their shape in the midfield.

The Parisian club is believed to be keeping a keen eye on Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic. If the Blues do manage to close the deal with Monaco for Tiemoue Bakayoko, Matic might choose to leave the club in search of continuous playing time and regular first team start.

This might also mean Matic’s prospective deal to Juventus can fall apart due to Matuidi’s keen interest in joining the ranks at Turin.

In the 40 games Matuidi played for the club last season, he scored 7 goals and assisted 5. The player’s main contributions, though, mainly lie in the defensive region of the team, where he is known to be a stronghold.

The Frenchman is an exceptional holder of the ball and can sniff out a through ball or an opportunity. He also has the physical and the mental strength required to constantly be on the hunt of opponent strikers and playmakers making runs, and intercept a possible move.


Written by Srivats Venkateswaran  

Sports writer with a long experience of writing in football.Was football team head at EssentiallySports. Still deeply misses Sir Alex and Berbatov at United. An introvert at heart with a poetic hand. Engineer by choice, writer by passion.


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