Manchester United fans will get an opportunity to watch their latest target Adrien Rabiot in action on Sunday evening. The future of the French national team looks very bright, and today they get a chance to prove it as they take on Brazil in the final of the 2014 Toulon Tournament. The yearly competition sees some of the best international youth sides compete for the illustrious prize down in the south of France. France reached the final after beating Portugal 2-1 on Thursday, with Rabiot at the heart of an excellent France performance.
Toulon is known for attracting some of Europe’s top scouts down to the south coast to watch the next crop of talented youngsters show their potential for their national sides.
Manchester United won’t be the only side with scouts at Sunday’s final, especially with the equally as talented Brazil side looking to lift the trophy for the second year in a row.
Rabiot has been one of France’s most influential players in this year’s edition. Starring in a three-man midfield, he has shown his range of passing, and his ability to read the game like he is a seasoned veteran.
Rabiot instantly stands out with his curly, flopping brown hair, but it’s his stature on the field that makes you take notice. His long legs and rangy stride see him glide all over the pitch. He always seems to have that half-step ahead of his opponents, nicking the ball away before striding forward.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is yet to sign a new-deal for the French side, and this has alerted the attention of various top clubs around Europe. He wants to be paid a first-team wage for his excellent performances in Ligue 1 this season. He is yet to establish himself in the PSG first XI, but this is due to the quality of player in-front of him, nit Rabiot’s ability.
He is a tough competitor: he leads the midfield and has looked every part the leader throughout this tournament despite not being the French captain. This shows he is mature beyond his years and would be an excellent signing for any club this summer.
Rabiot only turned 19-years-old in April, and too see him commanding the midfield during an Under-20 competition is very encouraging. However, it is unclear whether he would be able to command the midfield of a side like Manchester United so soon, but give him two or three years and he would be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
Adrien Rabiot is the real-deal. Tune in to the final of the Toulon Tournament this evening and you will see exactly why there are scouts clamouring to get a glimpse of the French midfielder.