So another day… another winger and midfielder for Liverpool then.
The latest names picked out of several hats including Tribal Football’s today are St Etienne’s hot prospects Damitri Payet and Blaise Matuidi. Payet has been linked with a move to Merseyside more or less all season and former St Etienne sports director now Liverpool chief, Damien Comolli is hoping to land not only the wing-man but also his team mate Blaise Matuidia.
Matuidia looks the more likely of the two to make the journey to the premiership as he is the man top of Comolli’s list.
Blaise Matuidia is a defensive midfielder and would prove a vital cog in any midfield and would comfortably fill the boots that javier mascherano left behind.
The 23 year old has been closely monitored by Arsenal, but unfortunately for myself and the rest of the frustrated red and white army out there, I believe we may see this one slip through the net if Wenger doesn’t dig deep fast… and face, there is more chance of Bendtner piping Messi to FIFA world player of the year next season.
At the start of 2011 the Daily mail reported the possibility of selling one or the other. Roland Romeyer, Saint-Etienne co-president claimed he was hopeful to hold on to both players but admitted “If a big truck of cash were to park in front of the stadium we will have to consider it. The club cannot refuse a staggering offer”.
I’m not sure what he means by staggering? Payet is valued at around seven million and Mutuidi around eight million. Romeyer has clearly been keeping an eye on Kenny splashing the cash.I think the strapped club will struggle to keep hold of their star men in the summer, with the likes of Chelsea, Villa, Napoli, Inter and P.S.G sniffing around Payet.
Unfortunately for P.S.G, St Etienne Chief Christophe Galtier would prefer to sell to a foreign club to maximise value. (In other words, them mugs will pay over the odds).
Also Arsenal and Schalke have been watching Matuidi, and you have got to feel it’s only a matter of time before they depart.
Liverpool’s have a slight issue here though. Comolli departed the French side leaving on bad terms and Romeyer said he felt ‘Betrayed’ after the former sports director complained about the working conditions.
Something tells me he would rather digest a large quantity of stinging nettles than sell to the Kop…
We shall see
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