Arsene Wenger has a rich history of importing French talent to improve his Arsenal squads, and it looks as though at least one more could be coming in before the transfer window closes on September 1.
French publication L’Equipe claims that Wenger’s relationship with Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi puts the Gunners in pole position to sign burgeoning talent Adrien Rabiot, despite the fact a number of other European clubs are interested in his accruing his signature.
Amidst the draw for the Champions League stages, which was made in Monaco yesterday, the mega-rich PSG owner confirmed that his club were negotiating over Rabiot’s sale, and its believed that north London could well be his next destination.
Chelsea have also been mentioned amongst his supposed suitors but the sources in France make no mention of their involvement in the plot, whereas Tottenham are said to be hovering on the periphery of the deal.
Le 10 Sport, citing the reports in L’Equipe say that Wenger has made a formal approach so as not to risk offending Rabiot’s current club, but that his healthy friendship with Al-Khelaifi should ensure that the youngster is transferred to the Emirates Stadium ahead of anyone else.
Elsewhere there yet remains the possibility that Arsenal could land Ezequiel Lavezzi, as contract talks appear to have stalled between himself and PSG. The Ligue 1 champions have been attempting to tie down the Argentina star to a new deal at the Parc des Princes, but they could now lose him after failing to agree on terms.
The 29-year-old hasn't produced the same form as he did whilst playing in Serie A, and so his future has been cloudy for some time. Though he's not short of suitors PSG are reluctant to let him go without giving him a proper chance to prove his worth, meaning that Arsenal could face a battle to convince them to sell.
Wenger is keen to add another attacker to his books following the injury sustained by Olivier Giroud, and Lavezzi could well hold the key in that respect. The French striker has been sidelined by an ankle complaint, leaving only youngster Yaya Sanogo as a natural frontman.
Many feel that former Barcelona ace Alexis Sanchez could step up and fill the void, but the Chile international is far better when playing with others in front of him, and wasn't signed to fulfil such a role. As such the addition of Lavezzi will give Wenger more options moving forward, with the ex-Napoli man capable of playing in a number of roles in the frontline.