We’ve been hearing about Juventus’ interest in Blaise Matuidi for months now. Maybe there’s a deal, maybe there won’t be a deal. It’s been a winding road through reported offers being declined, prices not being met and plenty of things happening in between.
That looks to be ending quite soon.
According to Sky Sport Italia and other outlets out of Italy as afternoon arrives on Wednesday, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed to a deal for the 30-year-old Frenchman. The long negotiations are apparently over and done with. A season after seeing one of the French national team’s most-capped players leave Turin, another player who has nearly 60 international caps to his name is arriving at Allianz Stadium in relatively short order and will be donning a new Juventus jersey shortly thereafter.
Blaise Matuidi from PSG to #Juventus! Done deal, 3 years contract. He'll sign soon. #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 16, 2017
And any more details?
Affare fatto con il #Psg. La #Juve chiude per #Matuidi: 20 mln più bonus, al francese uno stipendio da 3,5 milioni netti— Carlo Laudisa (@carlolaudisa) August 16, 2017
Fire up your gif machine, folks, because it looks like it’s happening.
Matuidi has long been rumored to be a Juventus transfer target. This is nothing new to anybody who has tried to keep track of all the rumors the transfer folks spit out there on a daily or weekly basis. He’s been one of many midfielders associated with a potential move to Juve over the last few months, but few of them have gained traction like Matuidi’s name has.
Not Steve N’Zonzi.
Not Emre Can.
Not anybody else.
Beppe Marotta said in the minutes before the Super Cup this past weekend against Lazio that Juventus will be signing a midfielder of great quality before the transfer window comes to a close at the end of the month. It seems as though that midfielder goes by the name of Blaise Matuidi.