Blaise Matuidi has opened the door to a move to Manchester United with his father admitting he is ready to listen to offers with his situation at Paris Saint-Germain growing more uncertain by the day.
Jose Mourinho is in the market for a deep-lying midfielder to play alongside Ander Herrera this summer which would allow Matuidi's fellow countryman Paul Pogba to push on further up the field with more freedom.
At 30-years-old the Frenchman is seen as a short-term, ready-made replacement for Michael Carrick, who signed a new one-year contract last week.
And with tensions behind the scenes, particularly with new sporting director Antero Henrique, growing Matuidi's father, Faria, has said his son is ready to test the market with only 12 months remaining on his current deal.
"A few weeks ago, Blaise was more interested in staying at PSG. Now the situation is much more mixed," he told La Parisien. "PSG, and in particular their new sporting director, have been slow to reveal their intentions.
"For that reason we’re listening attentively to the advances of other clubs. There’s a feeling, rightly or wrongly, that everything said [by PSG] in the past few months is now part of ancient history."
Matuidi is wanted to add Champions League experience although should he sign a new deal in the French capital Mourinho will turn to Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko instead, although Chelsea are thought to be front-runners for his signature.
Bakayoko's Monaco teammate Fabinho is also a long-term target while Nemanja Matic, whom Mourinho worked with at Chelsea, and Tottenham's Eric Dier are also options.
Mourinho is closing in on his second signature of the summer after adding Victor Lindelof from Benfica earlier this month with the Portuguese hopeful of securing both Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata and Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan before the club's pre-season tour of the United States in July.
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