Arsenal close in on £10 million PSG star

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal could be about to venture into the transfer market once again, as they line up a £10 million bid for the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Adrien Rabiot, reports talkSPORT. The France Under-21 international is an emerging talent in the French capital, but could be offloaded in an attempt by Laurent Blanc’s side to balance their books in the eyes of Financial Fair Play.

The centre-midfield man could be drafted in to provide Wenger with more options in that area of the pitch. A player who is very capable going forward, Rabiot could be deployed in a more holding role for Arsenal as the Gunners look to balance their attack-heavy squad.

It is believed that the North London club used Thursday’s draw for the Champions’ League group stages as an opportunity to speak with PSG representatives. According to talkSPORT and reports in France, initial negotiations have gone smoothly, and the situation is likely to progress over the weekend. From the player’s perspective, it is said that Rabiot is unwilling to extend his contract with the French champions.

At just 19 years old, Rabiot will be brought in with Arsenal’s future in mind. He is regularly thought of as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects, thus the considerable transfer fee that he already carries. It has long since been Arsenal’s policy to buy players young, and Rabiot could become the latest in a long line of developing stars to turn out for the Gunners.

Updated: August 30, 2014 — 11:15 am
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