Arsenal are poised to complete the transfer of Paris Saint-Germain youngster Adrien Rabiot, with Sky Italia journalist Gianluca di Marzio confirming that a deal is close to being completed.
At the weekend it was revealed that the Gunners had had their bid of £5.5 million accepted, and that only personal terms stood in the way of Arsene Wenger nipping in ahead of Jose Mourinho and taking Rabiot to the Premier League. Now, the Metro, citing Di Marzio, appear to have confirmed that what he described as a “very rich offer” has been placed on the table, and the negotiations could be closed soon.
Capable of playing in both central midfield and the heart of the defence, the France youngster’s versatility is one of the reasons why he finds himself so widely lauded. Having impressed at PSG since the early stages of his career the 19-year-old has long been tipped for a bright future, though Laurent Blanc’s lavish spending, coupled with chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s desire for immediate success, has seen him fall down the pecking order.
As such the idea of him leaving the club for pastures new has been bandied around for some time, and Wenger, who has a rich history of helping youngsters to develop, will likely have his eye taking Rabiot to the next level. Though Arsenal have an abundance of attack-minded midfielders they are known to be on the hunt for an anchorman, and deals for Sami Khedira and Lars Bender are now all but dead in the water.
Of course Rabiot has another suitor in a different part of London. Chelsea are said to be aware of the promise he possesses and, as has become customary at Stamford Bridge, are keen to have him on their books incase he becomes a future star.
Mourinho is also on the prowl for a defensive midfielder to complement the talents on Nemanja Matic and Francesc Fabregas, though it appears Wenger has left him in the dust.
Deal to be confirmed?
In the current climate, with PSG needing funds to pursue their own transfer endeavours and Rabiot desperate for first-team football, it would appear there is little stopping the deal from being completed.
The player will know that he will be afforded plenty of time in which to develop by Wenger, and the surroundings at the Emirates Stadium - with a host of other burgeoning talents currently learning their trade there - are suitable.