Report: Arsenal join Newcastle in race for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot
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Report: Arsenal join Newcastle in race for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot

According to fresh reports from Italy today, Arsenal are now in the hunt to try and sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, along with Newcastle United.

Tuttomercatoweb claims that the Gunners are keen on Rabiot, while it’s well known that Newcastle are keeping tabs on the Frenchman. As we previously reported on TBR, Juventus are said to be open to selling Rabiot and could demand as little as £13m for the midfielder.

Rabiot has proved to be a decisive figure in his career. He left PSG for Juve on mega-money but has since failed to really kick on and be as good as people hoped. Indeed, former Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo described Rabiot as ‘the complete midfielder’, praising his technical and physical attributes.

The 26-year-old has, however, featured frequently for Juventus this term. He’s started ten times and been a regular squad member. But his huge wages, thought to be around £225k-a-week, mean Juve are open to letting the Frenchman leave.

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Arsenal have been light in midfield this season thanks to Granit Xhaka’s injury. And with Thomas Partey also set to depart for Africa in January, a move for Rabiot could well solve a big problem.

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There is no doubt that Adrien Rabiot is a talent. He has played for PSG and Juventus, while also being part of the French national team set up. However, as mentioned, he hasn’t quite hit the heights many thought he would.

Sure, he’s won plenty of titles in dominant teams. But he hasn’t been the star man, and that is cause for concern for potential buyers. Especially so, given the huge wages he commands.

However, at £13m, Rabiot might also be a bargain buy. There is plenty of upside to him, and at 26, he has ample time to keep on improving.

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