Blaise Matuidi has made the move from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus for £18.2m plus add-ons.
This is Juventus’ 10th signing of the summer. So far they have brought in Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Douglas Costa and Wojciech Szczesny, among others.
Conveyor belt of talent in Turin
With such a high turnover of players, the Old Lady of Turin have become a hub for talent in recent times. Big names seem to come and go from the Italian giants constantly, in a revolving door system. This transfer window alone, 46 players have departed Turin to join other clubs across the world.
In recent years, the club has seen huge names come and go such as the departures of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, Álvaro Morata to Chelsea, Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan and Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich.
The Old Lady have also seen the arrivals of Gonzalo Higuaín from Napoli, Miralem Pjanic from rivals Roma, Paulo Dybala from Palmero and Dani Alves from Barcelona.
Now, Matuidi is the latest big name star to make his way to Turin.
Matuidi’s story so far
The French midfielder started his professional career at Ligue 2 outfit Troyes, where he made his debut in 2004. He spent three years at the club, helping them to Ligue 1 promotion but after they were relegated back to Ligue 2 it was time for Matuidi to move on.
Despite links to Lille and Monaco, Toulouse-born Matuidi signed for Saint-Étienne costing the club for £1.67m. It was at Saint-Étienne where he was first called up to the national side by Laurent Blanc against Norway on 11th August 2010.
Then in 2011, Matuidi was snapped up by PSG for £7m, where he went on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the French top flight. He won four Ligue 1 titles with the Parisian side in his six years at the club.
A warrior moves to Italy
He will now join up with Juventus, where he will play with stars such as Higuain, Dybala, Mario Mandžukić, and Pjanic.
In France, Matuidi has made a name for himself by commanding the midfield, using his raw athleticism and ability to read the game, to intercept, tackle and break up play when his team is under attack. Last season for PSG he made 40 tackles and 31 interceptions.
He also has a good range of passing, is disciplined in position and can dictate the pace of the game. He had a very high 91% pass completion rate during the last campaign in Ligue 1.
The former PSG player also can contribute to the attack part of the team, he scored four and assisted another four in Ligue 1 last season.
The Frenchman would slot in perfectly to Juve’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation in a defensive midfield position next to Pjanic, who is brilliant at retaining possession for his side. This would mean that 30-year-old Sami Khedira is likely to be rotated.
The Italian Serie A kicks off this weekend with Juventus taking on Cagliari at home on Sunday.
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