Blanc Confirms Interest In £25m United and Liverpool Midfield Target

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By Vanessa Keller | December 12, 2013 11:58 PM EST

Liverpool and Manchester United face a tough fight for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic with Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc admitting an interest in the star.

After failing to make a mark on the Premier League with Chelsea, Matic made the move to Benfica in 2011 as part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge. There he has realised his potential and become an important member of the squad who are looking to make amends for missing out on winning the Portuguese title last season by a point.

The side are believed to be trying to hold onto Matic amongst interest from United and Liverpool, but now PSG have made their intentions very clear with Blanc talking up the £25m-rated Serbia international.

"Matic is a good player," he told reporters, via Footmercato. "He is a young player. Benfica have very good, young players, including those from Balkan countries.

"As to whether he will be at PSG in the future, I hope to get him but he is already at a big club called Benfica."

United are believed to be pursuing Matic in the hopes of improving their midfield, with the side currently suffering from a lack of steel in the middle of the park.

They failed to land chosen targets Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara in the summer transfer window, eventually signing Marouane Fellaini on deadline day for an over-the-odds amount, and the Belgian has so far failed to impress the Old Trafford faithful.

Liverpool are also believed to be monitoring the 25 year old's situation but both sides will likely struggle to compete with PSG, who have proven in the past that money is no object when they are hoping to land a player.

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