French source Le 10 Sport has run a report with quotes from a French journalist which suggest Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Adrien Rabiot doesn’t want to extend his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Premier League sides have both been linked with £10 million up front deals for the French midfielder who has been likened to French greats Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira in parts of the French media.
“Adrien Rabiot received a proposal but for now the young midfielder does not want to extend the contract that ends in June 2015.He prefers to wait until next summer to take stock,” said Frederic Gouaillard according to Le 10 Sport.
The reason he appears to have rejected the offer from PSG is a little unclear.
However, ten of those appearances in the league and four in the Champions League have come as a substitute so one of the obvious explanations is that he’s looking for assurances over first team football.
PSG are one of the wealthiest clubs in Europe so a contract rejection can’t be anything down to personal terms because the French side have the ability to pay their players more than most other teams in France.
So while there is hope for Arsenal and Chelsea with the news that he’s not extending his deal with PSG, it is tainted by the obvious possibility that it could be due to first team football.
Neither Arsenal or Chelsea are in a position where they can make assurances to Rabiot that he will get regular first team game time because both sides have very strong squads of central midfield players.
Rabiot has also played at five different levels of French football and while he’s unlikely to go to the World Cup with France this summer, his chances of breaking into the senior side will also come into the equation.
PSG won’t see this issue as dead in the water because they have the time and space to work on a deal and adapt. For the sides interested in him, it’s a question of when is the right time to take a punt on someone who could become a very special player as he heads towards his 20s.
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