Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Red-Hot Blaise

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Red-Hot Blaise

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BLAISE Matuidi is United's fallback target should Paul Pogba decide against signing for the Reds.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Matuidi, 29, and Pogba share the same agent in Mino Raiola, who clinched his second summer transfer with United on Wednesday when Henrikh Mkhitaryan's move was announced.

Matuidi is out of contract at the Parc des Princes in two years' time and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions in recent days.

PSG completed the signing of Grzegorz Krychowiak from Sevilla at the weekend, while Hatem Ben Arfa also moved to the Parisians to intensify competition in a midfield that already includes Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta and Adrien Rabiot.

United are understood to be in talks with Juventus for Pogba, but they may have to make him the world's first Pounds 100m player for the deal to go through. …

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