PSG wantaway Adrien Rabiot last night provided a brief update on his future, confirming that he has held discussions with Serie A champions Juventus over a move to Turin.
PSG contract rebel
Speculation surrounding the future of gifted 24-year-old Rabiot has been rampant for some time now.
The Frenchman has refused to commit to a contract extension with boyhood club PSG, with his current deal at the Parc des Princes set to expire at the beginning of next month.
Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in a whole host of European heavyweights expressing an interest in Rabiot’s services.
Arsenal, Chelsea & Manchester City are leading the chase to sign PSG outcast Adrien Rabiot. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool all retain various levels of interest. Juventus & Barcelona are drifting away from a move. (L’Equipe)
— 🔴⚫ Rich Allen 🔴⚫ (@rich_allen85) May 7, 2019
However, despite the marauding midfielder having been free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club since the beginning of the year, and been banished to the Parc des Princes stands since the middle of December, Rabiot’s future, at present, remains very much up in the air.
PSG sporting director Antero Henrique: “Adrien Rabiot has told me that he will not sign a contract extension & that he wishes to leave the club at the end of the season, so once his current deal finishes. The consequences are very clear: he is indefinitely benched.” https://t.co/ELsNJuVwoa
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) December 17, 2018
The previous runaway favourites to sign Rabiot were Spanish champions Barcelona.
The Blaugrana were even rumoured to have clinched an agreement with the Frenchman in January, though official confirmation of any such deal never arrived.
And reports have since widely-varied regarding just how interested Barca remain in securing Rabiot’s signature.
Premier League bound?
As such, the door appears to remain firmly open for all interested parties, with the reliable Soccer Link having revealed earlier this week that Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton, Inter Milan and Juventus are currently in negotiations with Rabiot’s mother-agent Veronique over a transfer:
La mère d’Adrien Rabiot négocie avec des clubs (Man U, Everton, Inter, Juve, Chelsea) mais ne devrait donner son accord à aucun d’entre eux avant d’avoir rencontré Leonardo.
— Hadrien (@hadrien_grenier) June 11, 2019
‘A great club where everyone would like to play’
And Rabiot himself has since gone on to open up on the links between he and two of the aforementioned sides.
Speaking in an interview with the Corriere dello Sport whilst on vacation in Italy, the Frenchman first confirmed that he has held talks with Serie A champions Juventus over joining Aaron Ramsey as a free-agent midfield arrival at the Allianz Stadium this summer:
‘I’ve spoken with Juventus, it’s a great club where everyone would like to play.’
‘I like Italy so much, it’s wonderful here. A demanding season awaits me. At Juventus? Juve watched me and we talked about it, but I can’t say anything.’
When questioned on the interest of Manchester United, where Rabiot has been tipped to replace Ander Herrera, the 24-year-old added:
‘Manchester United? It’s the same as last year, I have to decide. I’m on vacation for now. Soon you will know.’