Arsenal handed big transfer boost, reported top target 'banished to reserves' of current club

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Alleged Arsenal transfer target Adrien Rabiot has reportedly been banished to the Paris Saint-Germain reserves as his future becomes even murkier.

Paris Saint-Germain have made an inauspicious start to the new Ligue 1 season under manager Laurent Blanc, winning just three of their opening nine games, drawing the other six - despite having a star-studded squad at his disposal. Blanc can usually call upon the likes of David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but things haven't quite clicked yet this term.

Today, midfielder Yohan Cabaye admitted that he's unhappy with his bit-part role under Blanc, with the former Manchester United defender preferring to use the likes of Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti in his three-man midfield - and Cabaye isn't the only one who isn't a big part of the midfield rotation right now.

Youngster Adrien Rabiot, 19, played 34 games for PSG last season, but has played no part this season, largely because he's only just recovered from a foot injury, but there is an even bigger reason for Blanc's refusal to play the French youth international.

The teenager's contract expires at the end of this season, and is now refusing to sign a new deal - leading to Blanc's insistence that Rabiot stays in the reserve team rather than play a part in the first team as the midfielder's relationship with the French giants becomes even more strained.

Arsenal are being consistently linked with a January move to sign Rabiot, with a cut-price deal possible in the New Year as PSG could look to cash in before risking him leaving for free - and that seems even more likely with him being banished to the reserves.

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