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Everton: Ambitious move made for Blaise Matuidi

Everton: Ambitious move made for Blaise Matuidi

Everton have approached Juventus about the possibility of signing Blaise Matuidi, according to La Parisien, via HITC.

It is reported that Paris Saint Germain were the main club to approach Juventus, with Lyon, Monaco and Manchester United also showing an interest.

It would be an ambitious move from Everton to try and sign the man who was part of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018 though, as a move seems unlikely at this time.

Matuidi started 29 Serie A matches and came on as a substitute twice in the last campaign, scoring three times and assisting twice to help Juventus win the league title for the eighth season in a row.

He was efficient with his passing, amassing a success rate of 87.6% (per WhoScored) while he also won possession back well, completing 1.9 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game. To put that into context, only four players in the Toffees’ squad made more tackles and only two (James McCarthy and Morgan Schneiderlin) had a higher passing success rate.

Still, the Frenchman has won a total of 22 major trophies since the 2013/14 season, so he may be reluctant to join a club where he would be unlikely to add to that tally.

For Everton to make a move for Matuidi is very ambitious, highlighting that the club feels they can move forward to get into the European places.

With the top-six seeming weak with situations such as Chelsea’s transfer ban, the feeling this is a good time to push on is understandable. Indeed, it’s been a target previously spoken about by Marco Silva.

However, it doesn’t seem as though that ambition will pay off this time around as Matuidi is unlikely to make a Goodison Park move, especially after the 32-year-old recently stated his happiness at the club (Goal).

Everton fans, can you see Matuidi at Goodison Park any time soon? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below!

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