PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been heavily linked with a Premier League move in the past.
Following comments from former striker Christophe Dugarry, the box-to-box France international has been linked to Arsenal once again.
Dugarry played for the likes of AC Milan, Barcelona and Birmingham City and was unafraid to mince his words when publicly questioned.
He said, “I see him [Matuidi] at Arsenal. He’ll put some intensity, some desire to win. He’ll help get rid of all those fools who play at two miles an hour in midfield. I’d take him at a club like that.”
So, are the rumours worth anything?
Matuidi turns 30 this Sunday and has yet to leave home comforts of France in his professional career. This is despite previously revealing he’d be open for a move to England’s top flight.
One of Arsenal’s major criticisms this term has been their inability to find an efficient midfield pairing. Granit Xhaka has been unfairly targeted given his disciplinary record whilst Francis Coquelin’s deficiencies have been exposed during matches of high importance.
Nia wrote this article last summer regarding the Matuidi rumours and in truth, it’s unlikely that he’d join Arsena. PSG herald him as one of their best players and his presence cannot be understated within their midfield.
Marco Verratti (24), Adrien Rabiot (22) and highly-rated Christopher Nkunku (19) are all keen to learn from experienced figures within the side. With that in mind, Matuidi will probably remain with Les Parisiens unless a substantial offer comes in from teams like Manchester United and Juventus – who both have youthful targets on their summer shortlist.