Arsenal face fresh competition for Paris Saint-Germain youngster Adrien Rabiot, with both Roma and AC Milan in the running for his signature according to reports in France.
The 19-year-old seems destined to leave the Parc des Prince having turned down the option of a contract extension. Indeed boss Laurent Blanc has confirmed that a move could happen soon.
On the move
‘I want Adrien Rabiot to remain in Paris,’ the former Manchester United defender told reporters at a press conference yesterday. ‘The decision is not mine, he might leave the club. [But] he has had an offer to extend his contract with PSG.’
Arsenal are believed to be leading the race for the talented youngster, who made 12 league starts last season and found the back of the net twice. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to be a keen admirer of the midfielder, and is eyeing up a move before the close of the transfer window.
However the Gunners are unlikely to have things all their own way; according to French newspaper L'Equipe both Roma and AC Milan are in the race for his services. The fact that his contract is set to expire in 2015 means that PSG will actively look for a buyer unless he has a dramatic turn-around and commits his future to the club - and that means he should be available on the cheap.
Although PSG have asked Arsenal to cough up €25 million for his services, it is being reported that he may be available for as little as €12 million, which would represent a bargain for the Gunners or any of his other suitors.
Rabiot is represented by his mother, who previously revealed that her son is unhappy at PSG.
"I deny any agreement with Roma and with any other clubs. My son has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain (expiring in 2015) but he does not want to extend it,” his mother Veronique Rabiot said.
“If the club want to sell him this summer, we will begin to listen to the proposals that will come. Otherwise we'll respect the rules and we won't talk with any club.
“Juventus? If they were to make an offer to PSG and they accepted it, it would be a solution that could be of interest for my son."
Arsenal have already strengthened significantly this summer, snapping up the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.
However Wenger has refused to rule out delving back into the transfer market before the close of the window, and has been linked with a swoop for Sami Khedira.