Highly-rated French midfielder Adrien Rabiot is highly likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the near future, as club and player come to blows over a scuppered deal involving Italian title-chasers AS Roma.
According to a report in Le Parisien, the 19-year-old has been banished to the youth-team under the command of Laurent Blanc and looks ever-more likely to leave on a free when his contract expires next summer.
Talking on his behalf, the player’s mother commented on the situation: ‘Leaders Paris Saint-Germain have been so greedy on the transfer fee that, by extension, the contract proposal from Roma was much less interesting.’’
The report also states: ’the transfer to Roma was indeed concluded on the basis of an indemnity of €15 million [€8 million in base salary plus €7 million in bonuses]. However, Adrien Rabiot and his advisers felt that the contract proposal ultimately made by the Roman club was not satisfactory.’
The irony, of course, is the player’s mother brandishing the Parisien club ‘greedy’ despite her son turning down what, on paper, looks to be a fairly substantial deal, especially for a 19-year-old.
Nevertheless, the breakdown in negotiations between player and club seems to have kept the door open for Arsenal to swoop in and save the player from his PSG nightmare.
Arsene Wenger has reportedly been eyeing up the young player for some time, and given the current situation of the youngster it shouldn’t be too hard to persuade him that North London is the best place for his career to flourish.
At just 19, he would need to appreciate that he wouldn’t play every week at Arsenal either. He would need to show his capability of stepping up to the plate and then earmark himself as the potential long-term successor to Flamini’s position in the side.
As young players go, he is one in a million and could go on to achieve multiple successes in his career. However, he needs to start building towards that by firstly finding the side that suits his game best. I believe Arsenal can provide just that.