Arsenal and Chelsea have the chance to land exciting youngster Adrien Rabiot for a reduced fee of £9.5million after he voiced his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
According to the Express, both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have been tracking the 19-year-old for much of the summer and now could be about to make a decisive move after the Ligue 1 champions resigned themselves to losing him.
The report also claims the Gunners and Blues were originally facing an asking price of £24million, but now Rabiot looks certain to be playing his football elsewhere after rejecting the latest offer of renewal and his current deal expiring next summer.
He is a tall defensive midfielder with a talented left foot and is the archetypal modern screening player in front of the defence. He is tall enough to develop into a physically imposing presence for opponents and his passing range is extremely impressive.
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Arsenal are reportedly on the lookout for a deep-lying midfielder as Wenger attempts to upgrade that area of the pitch. William Carvalho and Sami Khedira have been mentioned as possible solutions, but Rabiot would represent a much cheaper option.
The Gunners’ needs in that area may be more pressing than Wenger originally expected, as captain and first choice in that position, Mikel Arteta, has been struck with an ankle injury and it is unclear as to whether the problem will be a long-term one.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are well stocked with Namanja Matic and John Obi Mikel two solid options in front of the back four for Jose Mourinho.
However, Mikel’s future at Stamford Bridge has been called into doubt this summer and Chelsea’s new transfer strategy of investing in talented youngsters would mean Rabiot fits the bill perfectly as a transfer target.