The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been given a major boost in their potential pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with the Ligue 1 outfit now open to selling the French under-21 international, according to Le Parisien.
Rabiot, 19, has been regarded as one of the brightest prospects in European football since making his first-team breakthrough in 2012, featuring in 34 games for Les Rouge-et-Bleu last season, while attracting interest from numerous big-name clubs.
However, now entering the final term of his contract, the Paris-native and his advisors are said to be pessimistic about his future with the big-spenders among their plethora of central midfield options and, after drawn-out summer talks reached breaking point earlier this week, a reluctant PSG have admitted defeat in their attempts to tie him down to a new deal.
With the risk of losing him for nothing in less than 12 months’ time, the club are understood to be willing to listen to offers for a cut-price fee between €5 million and €8 million, opening the door to bids from the Premier League’s elite.
Arsenal, Juventus and Roma are all quoted as sides preparing offers at this point, but Chelsea and Manchester United are also said to be among the potential suitors, while reports in the Italian press last month claimed that Inter Milan were in the driving seat to land his signature.
A switch to the Premier League wouldn’t in fact be new ground for Rabiot, having played in Manchester City’s academy prior to moving to PSG in 2010, with the Etihad Stadium too reported as a possible destination earlier this summer.
A versatile left-footer, who has been likened to Zinedine Zidane in the past, those comparisons are somewhat wide of the mark but, nevertheless, there’s no doubting his clear potential to become one of the game’s leading stars and a move to England could well be the first big step along that path.
Where will Rabiot end up this summer?