AS Roma are preparing a move that could finally see the transfer saga surrounding Adrien Rabiot ended, as Walter Sabatini is determined to land his man.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal have been chasing Rabiot for the past few months, with Paris Saint-Germain having made it clear that they will sell him, and the player himself keen to leave in order to get guaranteed playing time.
In a wrangle that promises to last until at least the winter transfer window a host of clubs have been named in connection with trying to lure the talented youngster away from Laurent Blanc’s setup, bit it seems as though Roma are now trying to force their way to the front of the queue.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing reports from Italian media outlet Tuttosport, claims that Roma are contemplating a bid in the region of €10million to land Rabiot, with a January switch now looking increasingly likely.
Capable of playing in either midfield or defence, the 19-year-old represents a purchase for the future. With Wenger’s track record at getting the best out of promising youth players the Emirates Stadium would give Rabiot the best chance at realising his potential, though it might be at the expense of minutes on the pitch.
At Chelsea he would likely be shipped out on loan rather than ushered into the first-team fold, meaning that Roma, who may well have to replace Kevin Strootman should he move in January, are perhaps the most well-matched of his suitors.