Man United have convincing backup target should £100m transfer deal collapse

According to reports from Manchester Evening News, Manchester United will turn their attentions to PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi should a transfer deal for Paul Pogba fall through.

The Juventus star is the Red Devils’ priority target and according to Sky Sports, chief executive Ed Woodward has begun negotiations over a deal that could see him return to Old Trafford at a staggering cost of £100million.

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But United still face competition for the France international’s signature, most notably from European Champions Real Madrid – with manager Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez both avid admirers.

Should Jose Mourinho find himself eclipsed in the race to sign the 23-year-old, Manchester Evening News claim United have already identified Blaise Matuidi as their ideal backup target.

The industrious midfielder is into the final two years of his PSG contract and has been linked with a move away from Parc de Princes in recent days, after Sevilla enforcer Grzegorz Krychowiak followed manager Unai Emery to the Spanish capital.

The report coincides with rumours, courtesy of Goal France, claiming the 49-cap international recently left France’s Euro 2016 training camp to hold talks with an unnamed Premier League club.