Adrien Rabiot was one of the most wanted men in Europe this summer and for a long while it looked as if he was off to Arsenal. It was reported that his mother, who also acts as his agent, was in London last month to finalise a potential £10.9 million switch.
In the end it looked like he was off to Italy. Reports in France were indicating that PSG had agreed a fee with AS Roma for his services. The Italian side, managed by fellow Frenchman Rudi Garcia, took the lead in the race to sign the player with a €15 million bid for his services.
However no deal was secured before the window slammed shut, so he is stuck at PSG. And the French club are not about to reward him for his behaviour. They have clearly indicated as such, excluding him from their Champions League squad for the first half of the season.
They are clearly hoping to sell him on in January, and with this move he cannot become cup-tied should another Champions League team, such as Arsenal or Roma make a move in the winter.
Arsenal may well want to prep a January bid now however, as Roma are very keen.
Their sporting director Walter Sabatini has been discussing Rabiot, and admits that they are looking into his signature - and will not be waiting for his contract to expire next summer:
“He is an exceptional player. We like him very much. He is a player that we would like and we will discuss him properly, we will not wait to sign him on a free transfer. If we have the privilege and the desire to negotiate for Rabiot, we will do so in agreement with Paris Saint-Germain. But I believe it will be difficult, as his contract situation is unknown. We will try to work on this as something between clubs of great prestige.”
AS Roma are supremely confident of getting their man in January so Arsenal must get their approach together in advance for a player whose talent is undoubted, but temperament questionable.
If they don't, then Rabiot will be a Roma player in a few months time.