Manchester United are apparently open to the idea of a swap deal involving Adrien Rabiot and Paul Pogba in news that will come as a blow to Everton and Arsenal.
According to reports from Calciomercato in Italy, United are keen on exploring an option that would see Rabiot move to Old Trafford and Pogba to Turin.
The Frenchman midfielder is rumoured to be on his way out of Juventus this summer. Indeed, Everton and Arsenal are both said to be interested in signing him.
Rabiot is available after failing to nail down a regular place in Juve’s starting XI. Despite signing a big-money deal after leaving PSG, Rabiot has, so far, not lived up to expectations.
But it appears it is United who now have an upper hand in negotiations. The trump card of Pogba is likely to be a massive factor for Juventus, who would love the Frenchman back.
However, there are other issues that could prevent a deal, according to the report. Rabiot is thought to be on huge wages in Turin, while Juventus also value him higher than United apparently do.
Everton and Arsenal, meanwhile, will no doubt keep monitoring things. But given United see monetary issues in the deal, the Toffees and Gunners could face similar problems.
Old Trafford seems the right place for Rabiot, he’s too expensive for Everton and Arsenal – TBR View
We’ve said before on here that Rabiot has massive potential and could be a good sweetener in any Pogba deal.
United really need to be ironing things out to get this deal for Rabiot done. They can, out of all the clubs mentioned, afford the supposed high wage demands of the midfielder.
Furthermore, they need someone in if Pogba does leave. Rabiot seems perfect in that sense.
For Everton and Arsenal, though, this deal looks dead for now. Wages, transfer fees, and lack of Champions League football will all go against them you would think.