Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still on the look-out for new players ahead of the transfer window deadline and has turned to Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot.
The 19-year-old central midfielder is regarded as one of the best prospects in France and shot to promise under former boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Standing at 6ft 2inch, the current France U21 international is dominant in midfield, strong in the tackle and possesses excellent passing ability – attributes many believe the Gunners lack in order to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
Despite his obvious ability and huge potential, Les Parisiens have failed to tie down Rabiot to a long-term deal and his contract is up at the end of the season.
Following the most recent of failed negotiations, it is said that the club are willing to sell him now for a cut-price fee in the region of €6 million instead of risk losing him for nothing next summer.
With Serie A giants Juventus and Roma also reportedly interested, it is Arsenal who have taken the first steps as French newspaper RMC claim the North Londoners have been given permission to talk to the player.
“Representatives of Adrian Rabiot met with PSG this week about the future of the player. Parisian leaders reluctantly accepted the possibility of a sale and PSG have allowed the player to start talks with Arsenal. According to a source close to the player, Arsene Wenger, who particularly appreciates the French international, has already contacted Rabiot to express his interest.” The report caims.
Rabiot featured in 34 games for the Ligue 1 champions last season, scoring four goals.
Should a move to the Emirates occur, he would become Arsenal’s eighth signing of the summer and push their overall spending above the £60 million mark.