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Tottenham can beat Arsenal to sign French wonderkid

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Reports emerged today suggesting that Tottenham are ready to rival Arsenal in their bid to lure 18-year-old sensation Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain.

Usually Arsenal wouldn't fear competition from their north London rivals in the transfer market, considering the Gunners can offer the chance to play in the Champions League in a world-class venue - the Emirates stadium -  and the chance to play alongside Mesut Ozil.

However, in this case, Tottenham may well be favourites to sign the player.

Since the arrival of Franco Baldini, the White Hart Lane outfit have been the most efficient dealers in European football.

They signed a number of stars in the summer and managed to squeez every last penny out of Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid.

With many a club interested, they managed to sign Christian Eriksen from Ajax, Roberto Soldado from Valencia and Erik Lamela from AS Roma. 

Although experiencing varying degrees of success thus far, they are incredibly talented players and Tottenham did excellently to convince them to join Andre Villas-Boas' ambitious project.

For Rabiot, that project may be more attractive to the one Arsene Wenger can offer down Seven Sisters Road.

Rabiot recently declared his desire to play regular first team football in the near future.

Thanks to the limitless funds at the Parc des Princes, Rabiot has been limited to four starts this season and 10 bench appearances despite showing some impressive form.

The 18-year-old recently drew comparisons with his situation to that of Mamadou Sakho, who left for Liverpool in the summer because of his lack of playing time at PSG.

He said he wouldn't hesitate to leave if he thought his progress was being stunted by a lack of field time, increasing the chance of a move to north London.

If Rabiot was to move to the Gunners, he would essentially fall in to the same situation he currently deals with at PSG - playing understudy to the main stars.

Arsenal arguably have one of the strongest midfields in the Premier League with Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta all performing at their best under Wenger this season.

At Tottenham, however, AVB could guarantee significantly more playing time for the young playmaker, who would be directly competing with Eriksen for a starting spot.

Moussa Dembele hasn't showed his best form since joining Tottenham and, if playing in a deeper role, Rabiot has the chance to go straight in to the starting XI for Spurs if he joined in January.

Tottenham showed their ambition to break in to Europe's elite this summer and grand plans for a new stadium show they want to be a big club alongside the likes of Arsenal.

Wenger has an impeccable record of nurturing young talent but Rabiot wants playing time now. That's not going to happen at Arsenal. At White Hart Lane, he won't have the same chance of competing in Europe every season but he will have the guarantee of playing more football and becoming a better player because of it.

Tottenham have the ambition and they're starting to get the results. Signing Rabiot won't just be the addition of a potential global star, it'll be a body blow to Arsenal, who would have lost out on a transfer to Tottenham for the first time in a long time.

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