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Chelsea on edge as Roma enter race for French star

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Chelsea transfer target Adrien Rabiot has emerged as a summer priority for Italian side Roma.

According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, the Paris Saint Germain playmaker is a top target for Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.

And the Serie A club could beat Chelsea to his signature, despite the Blues previously leading the race to sign him up at the end of the season.

He’s expected to be available for a cut-price fee this summer as his PSG deal expires in the summer of 2015. That means the big-spending French club are running out of time if they want to recoup a fee.

Because it doesn’t look like Rabiot will be extending his contract at the Parc des Princes - an offer from PSG has so far gone unsigned.

He has insisted he will make a decision over his future at the end of the season, and he’s sure to have no shortage of offers.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with the 18-year-old midfielder, and Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho has made a point of signing the world’s most promising young players.

He recently snapped up Kurt Zouma from St Etienne, who is one of the best young prospects in Ligue 1 football - alongside Rabiot.

With Yohan Cabaye, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi in front of him at the Parc des Princes, Rabiot reportedly feels that his best chance of first-team football is somewhere other than Paris.

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