Massimiliano Allegri ‘bets everything’ on Adrien Rabiot and will make the Everton and Tottenham Hotspur target a starter in his new Juventus side, according to Calciomercato.
Allegri returned to the Allianz Stadium after two seasons away to replace Andrea Pirlo at the helm. The Old Lady endured a disappointing campaign under the Italy icon last season and turned to their five-time Serie A winning coach to turn the ship back around.
Rabiot had an uncertain Juventus future under Pirlo, with Tutto Juve reporting he would be sold for just €15m (£13m). The price seemingly appealed to Everton and Tottenham, as the Italian publication added both Premier League sides wanted Rabiot.
Everton even went as far as submitting an offer to Juventus for Rabiot, per Calciomercato, although he wanted a €7m-a-year (£115k-p/w) contract to join. Even the presence of Carlo Ancelotti was not enough to bring the Frenchman to Goodison Park at the time.
Now, Everton and Tottenham will likely miss out on Rabiot altogether, as Allegri backs him 100% to deliver for Juventus. The Tuscan will make the 26-year-old a starter next season after marking him as non-transferable amid the Old Lady’s refresh.
The only way that Rabiot now leaves Turin would be if the 19-cap international hands in a formal transfer request. He had considered leaving earlier in the summer only to change his mind and chose to stay. Juventus were also undecided as they invited offers.
Has Allegrini settled Rabiot’s Juventus future after Everton and Tottenham’s interest?
But while Rabiot and Juventus considered separating this summer, Allegri appears to have finally settled the Frenchman’s future following Everton and Tottenham’s interest. They will have to give their all to signing alternative targets if they still want a new midfielder.
Rabiot would have offered Spurs or the Toffees a dynamic box-to-box engine room occupant if Allegri was open to selling. The Paris Saint-Germain product offers goals and assists, but is also a powerful presence in the core of the pitch.
He is also skilled at transitioning the game from defence to offence and carrying possession up the field. Aspects that Everton often lacked under Ancelotti last season and Rafa Benitez will now need to resolve.