Adrien Rabiot is set to turn his back on Arsenal and opt for bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, as he aims to make a loan move to the Premier League.
According to the London Evening Standard, citing reports in France, the youngster is keen to make a temporary departure from Paris Saint-Germain as he’s worried about the lack of game-time on offer at the Parc des Princes.
Rabiot only penned a new deal with Laurent Blanc’s side late last year when it looked like he was on the verge of a move to either Arsenal or AS Roma, but he remains a peripheral figure.
Fresh reports indicate that he’s looking to bag himself a loan move to an established European club as a result, and Mauricio Pochettino may be able to offer him just that he’s after.
Spurs have produced mixed performances so far this season, but with their dismantling of league leaders Chelsea during their last Premier League outing they proved that they’re serious about competing for a top four finish, a position only within reach if they add improvements in this transfer window.
Were Rabiot to opt for Tottenham it would certainly be enough to cause a stir over at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsene Wenger known to have harboured an interest in the 19-year-old for some time.
The Frenchman is looking for recruits of his own this month but appears to have more reputable names on the horizon - the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels have been mentioned.
Nevertheless a Rabiot snub would sting him, even if the idea of a permanent transfer looks incredibly unlikely. The gifted midfielder is considered an excellent prospect for the future by his current club, and PSG chiefs would certainly be ready to block any move away given that they’ve only recently managed to convince him to stay.
Competition at PSG
At the moment Rabiot has the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore to compete for places in the midfield of the Ligue 1 champions, whereas at Spurs he would likely find it an easier task to break into the starting XI.