Arsenal are on the verge of missing out on Adrian Rabiot after AS Roma agreed a €15 million with PSG for the player, according to L'Equipe.
The Gunners have been chasing Rabiot for the latter part of the summer after it became apparent he would be leaving Parc des Princes. The 19-year-old has only one-year remaining on his contract and has made it clear he will not be renewing.
That gave Arsenal the perfect opportunity to secure one of the most promising teenagers in French football. PSG are ready to cash in on the player for the right price.
Tottenham and Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the player in recent weeks but it was Arsene Wenger who appeared most keen to seal his signature.
Speculation went as far to say that Rabiot's agent–his mother–had flown to London to wrap up the terms on an £11.9 million deal. However, it appears Arsenal have been leapfrogged by AS Roma.
Roma bid accepted
Rudi Garcia has just received a large windfall from the €30 million sale of Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich and has set about reinvesting that money before the transfer window closes. Kostas Manolas joined earlier this week and now it appears Rabiot is next on the list.
Roma are believed to have agreed a €15 million fee with PSG for the player, similar to the amount Arsenal were reported to have offered. It is now believed the transfer is in it's advanced stages at could be completed soon.
Second blow for Arsenal
If true, it will be the second player AS Roma have snatched away from Arsenal this week. Manolas was believed to be in advanced talks with the Gunners before Roma came calling, offering more money and guaranteed first team football.
The move for Rabiot could be remarkably similar. The 19-year-old is reportedly leaving PSG over his peripheral role in Laurent Blanc's squad and is looking to join a club where first team options are available.
With the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey all competing for the midfield spots at the Emirates Stadium, Rabiot may not be convinced he could get adequate game time.
Late transfer moves
Whether Rabiot joins Arsenal or not, it appears that Wenger will be active in the closing stages of the transfer window. Despite resisting the urge to sign a striker following the injury to Olivier Giroud, Wenger remains open to making additions before Monday's deadline.
“I will be actively involved on transfer deadline day. Of course I will be on alert to the last minute of the transfer deadline,” Wenger told reporters on Friday.