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Man City line up bid for midfield destroyer Blaise Matuidi

TRANSFER TARGET: Matuidi celebrates scoring in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen (PA)

MANCHESTER CITY will launch a summer raid on Paris St Germain to prise away their key midfield asset Blaise Matuidi, according to reports.

The 26-year-old is enjoying a fine season in Ligue 1 and put in a dominating performance during PSG’s Champion League 4-0 hammering of Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night (Feb 18).

Matuidi’s contract with the French side is set to expire in June, and the delay in him agreeing a new extension has fuelled speculation that he could be tempted to move elsewhere.

Yet sources at the club claim he is to pen a deal worth almost £5m a year which will tie him to PSG until 2018.

City are in the hunt for new midfielders after looking thin on options following Fernandinho’s recent injury that forced Manuel Pellegrini to play centre-back Martin Demichelis in the centre of the park during their 1-0 league defeat to Chelsea earlier this month.

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