Barcelona still hopeful of signing Adrien Rabiot

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Barcelona remain keen to sign Adrien Rabiot, but must first overturn their transfer ban if they are to rival Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Tuttosport named the La Liga giants as one of a number of clubs currently trying to coax Rabiot away from PSG. The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is set to depart for a reduced fee in the January transfer window.

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Barcelona are banned from registering new players for the next two windows meaning Rabiot would not be able to play for the club until January 2016. Such a situation would be unreasonable for a player leaving PSG in search of first team football.

The club remain hopeful of getting the ban lifted through the Court of Arbitration for Sport after their original appeal to Fifa was declined. Should it be overturned, Barcelona will immediately become favourites for Rabiot's signature. However, experts believe the ban will be upheld.


It gives Premier League trio Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea a significant boost in the race for his signature. The Gunners appear to be the frontrunners at the moment having reportedly scheduled a meeting with Rabiot's agent to discuss a possible transfer.

Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of the former Manchester City youth player and was strongly linked with a bid in the summer. Despite pushing for a move away, Laurent Blanc managed to keep hold of the contract rebel.

With his contract set to expire next summer, it is believed PSG will cash in on Rabiot in January and are asking clubs for just over £5 million. Manchester United and Chelsea may be behind in the race but they can still cause Arsenal a problem.


Chelsea already have a very strong squad and boast the likes of Jon Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic in defensive midfield. It, therefore, might be tough for Jose Mourinho to promise Rabiot the first team football he craves.

The chance to play alongside the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa may, however, lead him to Stamford Bridge.

Having signed Daley Blind in the summer, it may too be tough for Louis van Gaal to fit Rabiot in. However, Michael Carrick has just months to run on his current deal and Rabiot could be seen as a long term replacement.

Arsenal does remain the best option in the Premier League. Wenger is desperate for a defensive midfielder with both Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta the wrong side of 30. It is almost as if a place is made for the 19-year-old.


It could be a concern for Arsenal, however, that Rabiot is reportedly demanding a wage of £80,000-a-week. Although Premier League clubs could easily match the offer, it could push Arsenal out of the race.

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