Arsenal and Chelsea target Adrien Rabiot has refused to train with club Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, after missing training on Monday.
According to L’Equipe, relayed via Twitter by journalist Jonathan Johnson, the 19-year-old is coming to the end of his time with the Ligue 1 champions after this latest outburst, which could leave the door open for a move to either Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge.
Premier League interest
Reports last week suggested that both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho were considering bids for Rabiot and could land him for £14.5million less than he was originally priced as PSG had resigned themselves to losing him.
No deal has materialised yet, however, and the reports of his refusing to train would indicate he is trying to force a transfer, as he only has a week left of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal and Chelsea would probably not expect to have a chance of signing such a promising youngster, what with PSG being so wealthy, but a situation has arisen whereby the Qatari-owned club could be forced into a sale.
Rabiot has only a year left on his contract and PSG have failed in their attempts to convince him to put pen to paper on an extension, so they will likely try to cash in on him this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing next year.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a deep-lying central midfielder as both options they currently possess to screen in front of the defence, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, are in their 30s and the Gunners’ captain is currently out injured.
Despite not being a natural defensive midfielder, Rabiot is not shy in putting his foot in and would be able to play a similar role to Arteta. The Spaniard was converted into the position by Wenger and has thrived there since his move from Everton.
Arteta’s passing is crucial to the way Arsenal play as most of the moves that start in defence go through him; Rabiot has a terrific passing range and the dribbling ability to take the ball under pressure, so he could prove to be a similar player to Arteta.
Meanwhile, Chelsea already have Nemanja Matic providing excellent cover in front of the back four for Jose Mourinho’s side, so the French youngster would have more opportunity to express his more attacking skill set.
However, the reports claiming his departure have claimed that the motivation behind his desire to leave is to do with the arrival of Yohan Cabaye in January, which has limited his playing chances.
A move to either Arsenal or Chelsea is unlikely to bring a great deal of playing time in his first season, as both Premier League clubs have established names in those positions, however in need of upgrading they are.