AS Roma manager Rudi Garcia has dropped a massive hint that he is still interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Adrien Rabiot, after saying he is always in the market for 'quality players'.
The French starlet is desperate to leave Paris after falling down the pecking order under Laurent Blanc, and with his contract due to expire next summer, a deal in January is likely to take place as PSG want to avoid losing him for free.
Rabiot, who is a centre-midfielder, has refused to discuss new terms with his current club due to the lack of first-team football he is getting, but that didn't stop him making demands over a potential new deal.
The 19-year-old met with PSG officials and stated that he would sign a new deal, but only if he was offered a substantial pay-rise, and also promised regular first-team football. However, those demands were turned down.
Now, with just a few months left on his contract, it appears that Rabiot will be all-set to leave Paris in the New Year, and due to the Bosman ruling, he can hold talks with overseas club as soon as January.
It's believed that Roma are keen to hold talks with him about a potential summer switch, but the Serie A side will face stiff competition from Premier League duo, Arsenal and Chelsea.
All three clubs will be allowed to hold talks with the teenager in 2015, and the midfielder is allowed to accept a contract in principle with a new club, which would see him join them once his current deal expires in France.
When questioned about the possibility of signing Rabiot, Garcia refused to rule it out, stating his club are always interested in quality players.
"We are always interested in quality players. Some are accessible, others less so," Garcia told Sport Mediaset. "Until January he [Rabiot] will remain at PSG, but after that he is free to decide his next destination."
The midfielder admitted in a recent interview that a move to Roma was arranged during the Summer, but for a reason he didn't know, the deal collapsed, seeing him stay at the French champions.