Adrien Rabiot seemed set to leave PSG this coming January, but a new deal on the table could see him stay in France.
It was one of the biggest stories of the summer, but a story that has still to have an ending. Both Arsenal and AS Roma were heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, but the 19-year-old remains with the French club, with his contract up in the summer.
With the midfielder yet to make an appearance for PSG this season, the expectation was that he would sign a pre-contract with Roma in January, giving him the maximum contract possible by moving on a free transfer.
However, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, there is a slight chance that Rabiot could surprisingly sign a new deal with PSG, keeping him at the club for another three and a half years.
One of the main reasons for Rabiot, and his mother/adviser Veronique, have been trying to force a move away from the French capital was due to his salary and unlikeliness to play a part in the current PSG starting lineup.
The Rabiot family are now considering PSG’s new offer, which would include a loan deal to a European club, in order to get Rabiot much needed first-team football.
Last season he spent the season on loan at Ligue 1 side Toulouse, and he was impressive at just 18 years old, this spurned on the want to move away from the French champions.
PSG would prefer a new deal, they don’t want to lose his for free, but he is not quite at the level of Laurent Blanc’s starting midfield at the moment.
Arsenal and Juventus are also monitoring the current situation. If Rabiot was to sign this new deal, the London club could be top of the list to take the player on loan. Arsene Wenger was keen in the summer, but there is no real gain for Arsenal to continue his development, without there being a chance to sign the youngster. Although it would provide them some midfield cover with Mesut Ozil out injured.
There is also the chance that he could sign a new deal, just to make sure PSG don’t lose him for free. Any loan deal could come with an option to sign in the summer.
This looks like one transfer saga that is set to extend itself at least to the winter, without the player having kicked a ball this season for the PSG first-team.