Premier League giants Arsenal have carried on the momentum of 2015 into the new year after registering a scrappy but well-earned victory against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Despite the lack of transfer activity during the summer, Arsene Wenger has succeeded in answering his critics by relying on the quality of his squad to come good.
But he thinks Arsenal need to do business in the January transfer window to be well placed at the end of the season.
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Hence, the French manager has earmarked his priority target in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to the Telegraph.
Rabiot is said to be frustrated with the lack of opportunities under Laurent Blanc and with the return of first-choice Marco Verratti, he will find first-team appearances hard to come by.
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The 20-year-old has held talks with his club manager and asked for a permanent move or a short term loan away from PSG as he aspires to secure a place in the French national team for Euro 2016.
Arsenal have been long-term admirers of the youngster, having sent scouts to monitor his progress in the past and hopes, this time, they will be able to lure the French Under-21 star to Emirates Stadium.
PSG have reportedly set a fee of £15 million and will not entertain any offers below that valuation.
The endless list of injured players, especially in midfield, has given Wenger headaches prior to this term and has also returned to haunt this time around as well.
Rabiot is the perfect player best suited to the Gunners' style of play and will be a pivotal addition to the roster.
Other interested party
However, the Premier League side will not be the only one in pursuit. Italian outfit Inter Milan are also interested in securing his signature but it is believed they could only offer a loan deal for his services.
Although a permanent move away from Parc des Princes cannot be ruled out completely and with the duo going head-to-head, it could eventually lead to increase in the valuation.
Ranked among the best young talents in world football, Rabiot’s exceptional skills and accurate decision making on the pitch have earned accolades from experts in the last few seasons.
A valuable addition to any squad, the Frenchman is destined for success in the near future.
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