Already blessed with a rather talented midfield, Paris Saint-Germain buying Grzegorz Krychowiak raised a few eyebrows, especially with Thiago Motta recently renewing his contract.
This, of course, happened before Laurent Blanc was sacked and Unai Emery taking over as his successor, bringing in the Polish midfielder and Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier with him in the process.
Considering Emery’s preference to play in a 4-2-3-1, as he did at Sevilla, and with Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, Benjamin Stambouli and Blaise Matuidi all options for two spots, someone might need to make way.
According to information exclusively acquired by Goal France, that player could end up being the second least likely in that list: Matuidi.
The France midfielder was apparently given leave from both club and country to travel to England on Monday with the promise he would be back by 5pm local time to partake in the afternoon training session.
This has led to the website speculating about a move to the Premier League for the Paris Saint-Germain star, whose lovely assist for Olivier Giroud started France’s 5-2 rout over Iceland on Sunday night.
Three clubs are mentioned to be eyeing the former Saint-Etienne star, and those are Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
The first of the three seems to make the most sense right now, considering the Mino Raiola client influx currently taking place in the north of England, but both Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp’s clubs are more than capable of affording the player’s reported £190k/week salary.
This is a relatively big claim from Goal, and the journalist reporting the story, Ambre Godillon, certainly got the Di Maria to PSG news right last year, taking a lot of abuse on social media for reporting Mendes had been spotted in Paris to discuss the Argentinean’s exit from Manchester United.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, L’Equipe’s Guillaume Dufy tweeted @GFFN that Matuidi was present at Clairefontaine with the France squad, meaning either it was a really quick trip to England, or nothing happened at all.
@GFFN he was in Clairefontaine for the lunch
— Guillaume Dufy (@gdufy) July 4, 2016
UPDATE 2: If the above tweet wasn’t enough, Mohamed Bouhafsi, who is by far one of the best journalists when it comes to French news, has made it clear Matuidi did not leave Clairefontaine today.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 4, 2016