Arsenal are set to reignite their interest in rising Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot in January, with Arsene Wenger having already taken steps to sound out the player’s representatives.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Frenchman is keen to acquire Rabiot in the next transfer window, having been unable to do so over the course of the summer. The youngster’s happiness at the Parc des Princes has been called into question numerous times of late and even PSG chiefs have confirmed that he is looking to leave the club.
Competition for his signature
At the moment it’s AS Roma who appear to be his closest admirers, and the interest in making that move come to fruition is one which appears to be reciprocated by Rabiot himself. The Italian giants can offer him what he wants in terms of first-team football and tried to sign him last month, only to fail with their endeavours.
However, Wenger’s reputation for getting the best out of promising talents precedes him and, if he pushes hard enough for a personal audience with Rabiot, one can expect that the 19-year-old would be suitably convinced to pick Arsenal over anywhere else.
In terms of PSG’s stance over the sale there shouldn’t be too much of a problem, particularly given the fact his contract is up next summer. The Financial Fair Play rules have hit the mega-rich Parisian outfit hard since their introduction and so Laurent Blanc and Co. are ready to sell players if it means they will be able to conduct business of their own with regards to purchasing players.
Arsenal could also face competition from Chelsea, whose intrigue in Rabiot was also present over the summer, and Wenger will be wary of Jose Mourinho’s influence if the Blues do try and hijack any proposed deal.