Roma have joined the race to sign PSG starlet Adrian Rabiot, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims the Giallorossi, currently second in Serie 'A', are in pole position to land the 19-year-old in January, despite heavy Premier League interest.
Wenger & Mourinho transfer battle
Arsene Wenger was pursuing the signature in the summer transfer window, and reports in France went as far as to say Arsenal had agreed a fee for the talented teenager.
However, a move failed to materialise before deadline day, leaving others free to pursue the midfielder - including Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Now, it's the Italian giants at the front of the queue for the French U21 international, although the £12million asking price has risen sharply since the start of the Ligue 1 season.
Rabiot is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning manager Laurent Blanc has a big decision to make over a player who is reportedly chasing a contract in the region of £80,000-a-week.
Arsenal were able to make some significant signings in the summer without Rabiot, with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck moving to the Emirates Stadium for significant sums of money.
Midfield remains an area of concern for the Gunners however, with an injury to Aaron Ramsey again exposing the lack of depth at Wenger's disposal in the position.
Rabiot offers both quality and time, with plenty of years ahead of him for Arsenal to utilise if they can lure him to north London.
The same benefits would be available to Chelsea if they can win the race for the player, although Mourinho already has plenty of options in the position at Stamford Bridge.
Cesc Fabregas arrived in west London this summer, whilst Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel also offer solidity when required as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation for the Blues.
Chelsea do have plenty of top young talent at the club, suggesting Rabiot wouldn't be out of place on the King's Road, but it's Roma who appear ready to make the first move when the opportunity arises.
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