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Report: Wenger Offers ‘Significant Fee’ For French Enforcer
Arsene Wenger wants to bring in another midfielder before the end of the month and has made contact with PSG over Blaise Matuidi’s availability, according to reports today.
The news last night that Aaron Ramsey is out for up to six weeks after suffering a set back in training has forced the boss to try and sign another central midfielder and it seems he’s set his sights of Matuidi.
The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer and there has been no sign of an extension being agreed, and Goal claim we’ve told PSG we’ll pay a ‘significant’ fee to take the 26-year-old off their hands this month.
The report suggests that the Ligue 1 outfit are yet to knock us back. However, I’m skeptical over whether they’ll even entertain this approach, as Matuidi has been a vital member of Laurent Blanc’s first team this season. They have just signed Yohan Cabaye, so there is a slight chance they might cash in, but i’m not getting my hopes up just yet.
It seems Wenger also has his doubts, because Goal claim he’s lined-up Southampton’s impressive holding midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as a potential back-up option in case our move for Matuidi doesn’t come off.
I’m a huge fan of Schneiderlin’s and think he’d be a superb signing, but I also think it will be difficult to persuade the Saints to cash-in mid-season. It is likely to need an offer in excess of £15m and while that may sound like good value to us, I’m not sure the boss will pay that much.
As we head into the final 48 hours the rumours are going to intensify, and I’ll keep you up to date on the latest goings on.
Two days left Arsene, let’s see what he can do….