Arsenal could rival Chelsea for 18-year-old French midfield maestro

Adrien Rabiot might just be on the way from Paris Saint-Germain. Could London be his destination?

Amongst all the spending and money throwing going on at Paris Saint-Germain it is often easy to forget that this club has been producing quality young players for the past decade or more.

The likes of Mamadou Sakho, Clement Chantome and Youssouf Mulumbu immediately spring to mind - but the chances of a young player getting into the first-team these days is becoming very slim.

But one player whose talents have managed to find their way amongst the multi-millionaire mercenary assemble at Parc des Princes is Adrien Rabiot - although that may not last for long.

Rabiot, who spent a short period of time on the books of Manchester City in 2008, moved to Paris from the rugby town of Pau in 2010 and has been one of their most impressive young players ever since.

At just 18-years-old he is already a French under-21 international and highly regarded as one of the country’s top talents.

But with his playing time at PSG not assured he has spent time out on loan with Toulouse and is now being linked with a permanent move away from the French capital - which has obviously caught the attentions of a few Premier League admirers.

Last week it was Chelsea being linked with a move for the lanky maestro - but today has seen a London rival join in the race for his signature.

Arsenal are now being linked with Rabiot and on the face of it you can see why. Highly talented, technically gifted, young Frenchman under-appreciated at his current club - sounds almost Henry-esque.

The club want another central midfield option so why not bring in one for the future?

His contract expires in 2015 and despite the Parisien rhetoric suggesting they expect him to sign a new deal there are concerns the player himself may decide it is best if he moves elsewhere.

But Paris’ loss could turn out to be London’s gain.

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