Arsenal and Chelsea look set to go head to head for the summer signing of Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Adrien Rabiot, according to sources in France.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport claims that the Gunners are interested in the idea of bringing the 18-year-old to the Emirates, despite reports yesterday claiming that Chelsea were in pole position. The youngster is said to have rejected the offer of a new contact with his current club due to conflicting opinions about his weekly wages, however Jose Mourinho is said to be willing to pay him what he wants as well as coughing up £8million in transfer fees.
But now it would seem that Arsene Wenger will attempt to muscle in on the deal, as he sees him as a promising prospect for the future. Though it’s unlikely Rabiot would come straight into a first-team berth at either Premier League club, he is regarded as one of the brightest upcoming talents in Europe.
With Chelsea having already secured a deal for compatriot Kurt Zouma, Mourinho may well be contemplating a scenario wherein the two French starlets become partners at the heart of his defence in years to come. On Arsenal’s part Wenger is known for his talents with developing youth, and so the chance to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott could factor in Rabiot’s eventual decision.