Arsenal are on the brink of signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot after the France Under-21 international's agent arrived in London. The Gunners are poised to complete an £11.9 million transfer for the 19-year-old.
This is according to the Metro, who cite Sky Italia's respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio as revealing that Rabiot has provisionally accepted a contract offer from the Gunners.
The player's agent and his mother - who is also one of his advisors - have arrived in the English capital to finalise a deal with the north London outfit.
Arsenal awaiting PSG response
However, the same report adds that Arsenal are still waiting for PSG to accept their offer, which is believed to be close to the French champions' asking price.
Rabiot has refused to train this week as he attempts to force a move away from the Parc des Princes before the transfer window closes on Monday night.
And while Chelsea and AS Roma are also keen to sign the talented teenager, Arsenal are expected to complete a deal, with the player favouring a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Rabiot keen to leave PSG
Rabiot made 34 appearances for PSG last season, but is keen to leave the club, fearing that his first-team opportunities will be limited this term.
He made his professional debut with the Parisians in 2012 and is still regarded as one of the club's most talented youngsters, but currently sits behind the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti in the pecking order at PSG. David Luiz, the Ligue 1 outfit's £50 million summer signing, can also be deployed in a midfield position.
Arsenal fans want a new striker
Fans of Arsenal, though, are likely to ask questions of Arsene Wenger's transfer policy if this deal goes ahead and is not followed up by the arrival of a new forward.
The Gunners' boss stated after Wednesday night's 1-0 victory over Besiktas that the club might not sign another striker before the transfer window closes, despite the likelihood that Olivier Giroud will be sidelined until January after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.
Rabiot is a versatile midfielder, though, who is capable of filling another problem position at the Emirates Stadium: defensive midfield.
Although a more traditional central midfielder by trade, Rabiot is capable of playing as a holding midfielder, and his arrival should enhance Arsenal's chances of ending the season with another major trophy.
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