As reported by L’Équipe, 27-year-old Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is keen to join Manchester United this summer with his World Cup place far from certain.
A former trainee at rivals Manchester City, United had tried to sign Rabiot back in 2019 too but without success. Rabiot is seen as an alternative to long-term target Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona, whose transfer saga continues to meander.
The French international is very interested in a move to Old Trafford after rejecting the chance to sign for Newcastle United earlier this summer, but Manchester United would need to match the Frenchman’s current €7m per season wage to complete the deal. Sky report that a €17.8m deal has been agreed, plus €6m more in bonuses, between the clubs for the player’s sale, with one year left on his current deal in Italy. Monaco are also interested in the midfielder.
With a short time until the World Cup in Qatar, Rabiot sees United as being able to help him muscle in on Didier Deschamps’ party given that he will be almost guaranteed a starting place in the Manchester club’s weak midfield. Rabiot famously refused to be included on France’s reserve list for the last World Cup, which Les Bleus eventually won. Having patched things up with Deschamps, the player stood by his decision in 2020, saying: “I do not have any regrets. There are things that were done and I am past that. Now, it is the present and the future.”