Juventus believe they are in pole position to beat Arsenal, Manchester United and Roma to the signature of Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Adrien Rabiot, after the youngster rejected the opportunity to more than triple his salary by turning down a new contract with the Ligue 1 giants.
Rabiot was offered a wage rise of over 300% to commit his long-term future to PSG and end speculation over a switch to Serie A or the Premier League, but despite entering the final year of his current deal has flatly refused to entertain an offer of around $1m in new wages.
Tuttosport believe that Juve are hugely encouraged by Rabiot's tough stance and are ready to sign the 19-year-old for free next summer, hoping to take advantage of his frustration over firs-team opportunities in the same way they did so successfully with Paul Pogba.
Juve making waves
Arsenal, Manchester Unired and ever Chelsea may be long-term admirers of the talented, versatile teenager, but it looks like Juve have moved ahead in this particular transfer tussle by promising him a key place in their first-team squad if he jumps ship to Serie A next summer.
Rabiot has technical qualities to match his raw potential and conscious of the need to play regularly at the highest level, something that looks very unlikely to happen at PSG given their grand plans to become a huge force in European competitions over the next decade.
A waiting game
Despite a complete breakdown in contract talks Rabiot still looks likely to spend next season at PSG, which is no bad thing when you consider he made a surprising 34 appearances in all competitions last season, although largely as an impact substitute.
That means Arsenal, Roma still have time to hijack a deal similar to the one Juve have already agreed with another PSG teenager in Kingsley Coman, as the Bianconeri continue a policy of attempting to recruit young talent from across the continent.
Arsenal in particular have used a similar recruitment drive to great effect under Arsene Wenger over the last two decades, but Rabiot leaning towards Juve is perhaps a sign their pulling power is on the wane.