Roma chief Walter Sabatini has confirmed he is looking to secure the services of Chelsea and Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain.
The talented youngster has attracted interest from all over Europe after turning down the offer of a contract extension at the Parc des Prince.
Along with Chelsea and Arsenal, both Roma and Juventus are said to be keen on securing his services, and given that he is out of contract next year he could be available on the cheap in January.
He is free to agree terms with foreign clubs in the new year ahead of a summer transfer, but Sabatini says he would be looking to get a deal done in January.
"He is an exceptional player, who has forged ahead. We cannot but follow him, we like him very much,” he said. “He is a player that we would like and we will discuss him through correct behaviour, we will not wait for a solution to acquire him on a free transfer.
“We do not want to make strategic choices - remember that we could have signed a strong guy like Sanabria [on a free] but we signed him in agreement with Barcelona.
“If we have the privilege and the desire to negotiate for Rabiot, we will do so in agreement with Paris Saint-Germain. But I believe it will be difficult, as his contract situation is unknown. We will try to work on this as something between clubs of great prestige."
One of the main sticking points for any club wishing to acquire Rabiot is likely to be his wages; reports this week suggested that he is demanding a contract worth around £2.5 million-per-season.
Of course that will be offset by the fact that his transfer fee is likely to be relatively small - something that will appeal to both Chelsea and Arsenal.
At just 19-years-old Rabiot is a mercurial talent but is known to have something of a questionable temperament. With his mother acting as his agent he is refusing to sign a new deal with PSG which obviously plays into the hands of Arsenal and Chelsea' - however whether Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger are willing to take a punt on him remains to be seen.
If they aren't then it certainly seems as though Roma are ready to swoop - and that could have implications for Manchester United. It was reported earlier this week that the Italian club could try and cut a deal with PSG that included Kevin Strootman, who is said to be wanted by Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal in January.
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