According to French publication RMS Sport, Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot has his heart set on a move to Roma.
The 19-year-old defensive midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from PSG this summer after refusing to extend his current contract which runs out next summer.
Described as a tough tackling, technical midfield enforcer, it came as little surprise to hear of Arsene Wenger’s interest due to his French connections and the need for more bodies in the middle of the park.
Many observers feel that the Gunners are light in the middle third of the pitch, and the lack of protection offered to the defence could prevent Wenger’s side from mounting a serious Premier League title challenge this season.
Rabiot appeared to fit the bill as the ideal man for the job, yet if reports in France are to be believed, the player has already chosen the Italian capital as his preferred destination.
“Adrien Rabiot has chosen to join AS Roma. Rudi Garcia [Roma manager] is a native of Val-de-Marne and has worked hard to convince the young PSG star to join him in the Italian capital. He called several times and this was obviously decisive in Rabiot and his family’s decision. While Arsenal are also very interested, a close source at the Italian club said: "In his mind, it is clear, it will be the Roma.” The report states.
The deal expected to take Rabiot to the Eternal city includes a fee in the region of €15 million, though it has been suggested that Roma could wait until next summer to sign him on a free.
The French U21 international has represented Les Parisiens 31 times in France’s top-flight, scoring two goals and helping the club complete a domestic double last season.