According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are once again keen on signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. This news has come around again after the young French midfielder indicated his desire to play in England.
Rabiot is quoted by French publication Telefoot as saying:
“I really liked my time in England, and the life there, even outside of football.
“I told myself that I will return one day. I have always had the desire to play in England, it is in me.”
Back in 2014 the 21-year-old was linked with a €25 million move to Arsenal.
Ever since the QSI takeover of PSG in 2011, the French club has been accused of neglecting local talent at the cost of International stars. While the arrival of the likes of Grzegorz Krychowiak did little to dispel this myth, it is the emergence of stars like Rabiot which could soothe the annoyance of local fans.
Having started his career in the Manchester City youth system, Adrien Rabiot left England due to lack of first-team opportunities. Rabiot could also have easily left the Parc des Princes last summer.
There were reports of a standoff between the club and his agent, Rabiot’s mother, over the lack of first-team action. For Paris Saint-Germain, who had earlier allowed Kingsley Coman to slip through their fingers, they decided to take the gamble on an unproven star.
While he has a tall frame, Rabiot can be pretty quick with his feet. Tough in the tackle, he is technically solid when in possession of the ball. More importantly, while he is not not much of a goal threat, he is pretty industrious. As a result, he often roams around the pitch to make the opponents unaware of his position.
Thus, if Arsène Wenger could lure him to the English capital, he would be getting a midfielder tailor-made for the style of the Gunners. And at €25 million it would be a bargain in today’s market.
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