Juventus were stalled in the deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s midfielder Blaise Matuidi due to the player wages, according to L’Equipe.
The Italian champions have reportedly agreed a transfer fee of £21m with Paris Saint-Germain for the midfielder and are now in contract talks with him.
The French midfielder is long expected to join Juventus as the Old Lady are considering him as a potential replacement to Paul Pogba who joined Manchester United in a world record transfer.
The 29-year old is expected to leave PSG this summer and have attracted interest from a host of clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Chelsea. He was not given a prominent role in the team so far under new coach Unai Emery who admitted that Matuidi could leave PSG this summer earlier.
The negotiations with Juve were taken a hit due to the player’s wages which are very high as PSG pays him a massive £10.3m-a-year and Juventus simply cannot match that offer by any means.
However, the Italian club are looking for a compromise in the wages with the 29-year old in the coming days as they look to finalize the deal. But if the player is unwilling to reduce his wages then Juventus will look for other targets, the report suggested.
Manchester United and Chelsea were long linked with the French international and will be looking to sign the midfielder if Juventus fails to do so in the coming days.