With the World Cup causing a distraction over possible transfers, the future of Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot still remains far from resolved. In the same week that Paris Saint-Germain are set to lose 18-year-old Kingsley Coman to Juventus, Corriere Dello Sport are reporting that they are also interested in bringing the Arsenal and Manchester United target to Turin.
Although only 19 years old, Rabiot is worried about the amount of playing time the midfielder is likely to receive in a very settled PSG trio of Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta, with other high profile signings set to join the club. One of those names constantly mentioned is France and Juventus star – Paul Pogba.
Pogba has been a high profile target for PSG for over a year now and the side from the French capital is still a priority for Laurent Blanc’s men despite their recent slap on the wrist from UEFA regarding their Financial Fair Play situation.
Offering Adrien Rabiot to secure Pogba could be an ideal way for PSG to make the transfer happen. They had been rumoured to be lining up a €60 million move for the former Manchester United man.
Juventus are in the stronger position though, with only one year left of Rabiot’s contract, there is little chance of the French club receiving a high valuation on the 19-year-old.
However, an offer of around €5 million, plus the added bonus of not having to offer him a high wage increase could just be enough to help them bring in Pogba.
Last season Rabiot only started 12 times out of the 37 appearances he made. It is understandable that the under-20 international wants more time in the first-team, but it is also clear from the players in front of him that it is not going to come at PSG without a huge challenge.
Pogba was able to break into the Juventus first-team when he was 18 years old, and Rabiot will see the move as a possible way to gaining a place in the starting XI. If sides like Manchester United and Arsenal are seriously interested in making a move for the PSG midfielder, they will need to be able to offer him guaranteed playing time.
If not it won’t be long until he is looking again for pastures new.