Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on the verge of joining MLS side Inter Miami, with a medical imminent for a move that will serve as an important early boost for the Florida franchise.
Matuidi has been a regular at Juve ever since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017, and has won three league titles and a Coppa Italia in Turin.
But the 33-year-old has just a year left on his Juve contract, while the club has already secured the signing of Arthur from Barcelona and Rodrigo Bentancur has further established himself.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that a ‘total agreement’ has been reached on Matuidi’s proposed Miami switch. A medical has been scheduled and it should now only be a matter of time before the 2018 World Cup winner makes the switch to North America.
Having been linked with Willian and David Silva in recent weeks and months, Inter’s capture of Matuidi marks their first signing of a high profile veteran.
So far, they have directed their ‘Designated Player’ allowance at youth Latin American talents Rodolfo Pizarro and Matias Pellegrini, which has been a core characteristic of a number of successful MLS clubs in the last few years, including 2018 champions Atlanta United.
The club part owned by former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham have endured a tough start to life as an MLS club this year. They have lost all five official games they have played, both before and after the 2020 season was impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
Inter were beaten 1-0 by 2019 Supporters Shield winners LA FC in their opening MLS game back in March, followed by a 2-1 loss at D.C. United.
The MLS season was then halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a return to action in the ‘MLS is Back Tournament’ didn’t bring a change in fortunes. Inter lost all three games Orlando City, Philadelphia Union and New York City to finish bottom of their group.