Adrien Rabiot has impressed so far this season with a number of mature performances for Paris Saint-Germain. The 18-year-old has featured 11 times in the league so far this season, but seven of those have been from the bench. The Express has reported that Chelsea have now joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for his signature.
Rabiot is unhappy at his limited playing time, and finds himself below quite a few high profile midfielders in the pecking order. His current contract runs out in 2015, and despite his club trying to convince him to sign a longer contract, he is yet to commit. The Express go on to say that a January move is unlikely to tempt Rabiot, but a move in the summer could certainly be on the cards.
Adrien has compared his situation to that of former teammate, Mamadou Sakho. He was left out of the team after the club splashed some cash, but his move to Liverpool has turned out to be a great step in his career. He has got off to a good start there, and played a prominent part in France's play-off victory over Ukraine on Tuesday.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Rabiot and have been monitoring his progress. However the truth is that Rabiot is unlikely to be given a guaranteed starting place at any of those clubs either.
Speaking about his current situation the 18-year-old said 'If I am to be set aside on the day where others players are recruited in my position, it is not worth it. If a new midfielder is recruited in the winter transfer window, it will change the game for me.'
Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham already have a wealth of talent in the centre of midfield. You only have to look at the quality of their substitutes to see that they have great depth in that area. It would be more likely for those clubs to focus on bringing in a striker, as that seems like more of a priority for them.
The former Manchester City academy prospect should see out the season with PSG and see if he commands a starting role under manager Laurent Blanc. If he still feels he needs more games then I'm confident he will have many suitors. Perhaps Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs would not represent the best move for the Frenchman though.
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