Manchester City target PSG midfielder Matuidi

Manchester City are believed to be interested in signing to Paris Saint Germain defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

The 26 year old is now managed by Mino Raiola the man who masterminded Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s multi-million move to Paris and now it seems he has turned his attention to Matuidi.

According to TalkSPORT and reports in France City are keen on the 12 times capped French International with Manuel Pellegrini seeing the star as a key component of the new look 4-3-3 formation he plans to adopt for the coming season.

Matuidi, who has been compared to former Chelsea star Claude Makelele, made his name with Troyes, breaking into the first team at the age of 17, before moving to St. Etienne in a £4.3 million deal in 2007.

He continued to impress and after four seasons with Les Verts was snapped up by PSG in a £8.5 million deal.

Despite the presence of Thiago Silva, Clement Chantome and Marco Verratti at the Paris club Matuidi managed to make 37 league appearances last season scoring 5 goals with Brazilian Silva naming Matuidi as the club’s player of the season.

He also managed to make an impression in the Champions League scoring two goals and assisting one as PSG made it to the quarter-finals before losing to Barcelona.

The player is highly rated at PSG and is currently contracted until 2014 however the player is believed to have asked Raiola to sound out Manchester City about a move.

Should Matuidi agree a move to Manchester City then he would line up alongside Yaya Toure and new signing Fernandinho in a new look midfielder partnership.

A potential £10 million fee has been mentioned for the player and his arrival at the Etihad will more than likely signal the end of Gareth Barry’s City career as well as casting doubts over the future of James Milner.

Barry is believed to be free to leave City this summer and has been linked with Spurs and Fulham while Milner would have no shortage of suitors should be decide to call time on his City career.

The flexible former Villa man will not only see his central midfielder options limited but with the signing of Jesus Navas he will also find opportunities on the flank hard to come across.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.