Juventus are keen to keep Adrien Rabiot beyond the January transfer window despite Arsenal’s interest in taking the Frenchman on loan, according to a report from The Times.
Rabiot has played a fairly peripheral role with the Old Lady this season. He has made just five starts in Serie A, with a further four appearances coming from the bench.
His lack of game-time has seemingly attracted Arsenal’s attention ahead of next month’s window. The Times reports that Mikel Arteta is keen to sign the 24-year-old on loan for the rest of the season.
However, The Times suggests that Juve have stated that they want Rabiot to stay. It is noted that they would be much more open to letting Emre Can leave.
TBR View – January blow for Arsenal?
It does look to a blow for Arsenal. Rabiot would have arguably been an inspired signing, even on loan for the rest of the campaign.
The Gunners have a lot of work to do to enjoy a respectable season. They do have an opportunity to win silverware this term, but they will also set their sights on closing the gap to the top four in the Premier League.
Rabiot – who reportedly earns £120,000-a-week, according to The Sun – could have been the kind of signing that helped act as a catalyst for a turnaround.
But it appears that the Gunners may need to look elsewhere if they hope to bolster their midfield options next month.