Arsenal are closing in on a deal to bring Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot to the Emirates, according to The Mirror.
The report has suggested that the Gunners have been interested in the youngster for some time, and it now appears that the north London outfit are in talks with the French moneybags.
It appears, then, that Arsenal are ahead in the race for the player's signature, despite interest from a number of other clubs. The same report has suggested that both Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the French under-21 star, but it remains to be seen as to whether they step up in their pursuit of the player.
The report from the Mirror has suggested that the 19-year-old turned down a new deal with PSG towards the end of last season, and could cost around £8 million in this transfer window. Despite being highly rated, it appears that the youngster has grown frustrated at a lack of playing time in France, and may look to secure first-team football on a regular basis next term.
Who needs him?
It's not a major surprise that Arsenal appear to be in the running for the teenager, with the club looking to improve in the middle of the park ahead of the new season. With the likes of Jack Wilshere, Thomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Co. battling it out for a place in Arsene Wenger's first team, Rabiot would certainly give the Gunners another option in midfield.
Manchester United, meanwhile, seem determined to add to their squad before the new season, and improving the midfield seems a priority for Louis van Gaal. Chelsea's interest certainly seems a surprise, with a number of top midfielders at the Bridge. Mourinho has secured the signings of the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic in recent time, so Rabiot would struggle for opportunities at the Bridge.
In truth, the youngster may find it difficult to break into all three clubs, especially in the advancing areas of the pitch. United, Arsenal and Chelsea all have a number of exceptional playmaker-type players, but could still be on his way to England's elite division.
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