French champions Paris Saint-Germain have sent out a warning to clubs interested in buying defensive midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The 19-year-old midfielder has attracted interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs over the summer following his breakthrough season in the French capital.
Arsenal are amongst the potential suitors and were given a boost when reports stated that the French U21 international had rejected an extension to his deal which runs out next summer.
As a result, PSG have been said to allow the midfielder to leave before the transfer deadline on September 1 but according to Sky Sports Italia, a potential loan deal is out of the question.
“PSG’s midfielder [Rabiot], whose contract is expiring, doesn’t intend to extend it and is pushing to leave Paris. However, he would move only on a permanent deal: Arsenal, Inter and Roma are insisting to acquire him. He won’t leave on loan,” the report states.
The Gunners are keen to add more additions before the transfer window closes as Rabiot and Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira top the wish list.
The general consensus amongst pundits this year feel that Arsene Wenger’s side are in need of a midfield enforcer if they wish to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
PSG’s young star is described as a bullish midfielder with an excellent passing range and strength in the tackle, a role which has arguably been lacking since Alex Song traded the Emirates for Barcelona two years ago.
With a loan deal out of the question, however, Wenger may have to stump up a reported £24 million now or face losing out on him to Serie A giants Juventus next summer.
Last season, Rabiot made 34 appearances in all competitions and helped his club win a Ligue 1 and League Cup domestic double.
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