Arsenal have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato 24, as relayed by The Sun, Adrien Rabiot has suitors lining up for him, with Arsenal the latest club to be linked with him. The French midfielder is also the subject of interest from another Premier League giant in Manchester United.
Rabiot has long been rated to be one of those midfielders who can make the step up to become a world beater. For years, he was a mainstay in the middle of the park for PSG before making an acrimonious exit last summer, as a free agent. The 25-year-old was linked with a bevy of clubs before he decided to join Juventus.
At the Allianz Stadium, the going has been far from easy for the Frenchman, who has been eased in slowly by Maurizio Sarri due to the fact that he barely played for nearly a year before leaving PSG. As a result, he has started just 16 games so far this season, with his situation alerting Manchester United. They have now been joined by rivals Arsenal in his pursuit.
Arsenal are under a transitional period under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta and midfield appears to be one of the areas that the 38-year-old is keen on bolstering. Dani Ceballos is unlikely to join the Gunners on a permanent deal, especially if they are forced to pay €50 million to sign him.
In addition, Lucas Torreira’s future at the Emirates is uncertain, thereby accentuating the need to sign a midfielder. As a result, Arsenal have been linked with a number of midfielders, including Orkun Kokcu, with Rabiot their latest target. As for Manchester United, their interest in the player is not new.
The Red Devils hold a long-standing interest in Rabiot, having attempted to sign him during his time at PSG. Under Ole Gunner Solskjaer, midfield has been a department that has slowly improved, with Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic improving a great deal. However, the uncertain future of Paul Pogba seems to have brought Manchester United back into the market for a midfielder.
If Pogba leaves, Manchester United will indeed need to sign a central midfielder, making Rabiot a viable target. Now, United and Arsenal seem to have been handed a boost in pursuit of the French midfielder, with Calciomercato 24 (h/t The Sun) claiming that he is ready to end his frustrations at Juventus.
In fact, as per the report, Rabiot’s agent and mother is trying to broker a move for the player, with Arsenal and Manchester United being possible destinations. In addition, Everton are interested in signing him as well and it looks like he could well be on the move this summer. It now remains to be seen if Rabiot makes his way to the Premier League just one year after joining Juventus.