A report from CalcioMercato has suggested Tottenham Hotspur may be tempted to join the race to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, after the 27-year-old starred for France in the World Cup earlier this week.
Rabiot joined Juventus in 2019 from Ligue 1 giants PSG and has now made 145 appearances for the Turin club, scoring 11 goals along the way (Transfermarkt).
The Frenchman has come close to joining the Premier League in the past, most notably turning down a move to Manchester United this summer (via Manchester Evening News), claiming he was entirely ‘focused on the club’ he currently plays for rather than looking for a move.
It was reported during the summer that Rabiot was keen on a move to a Premier League club, but only if they were playing in the Champions League (The Telegraph). He stayed put in the summer, and has since seen Juventus crash out of Europe’s top competition.
After a starring turn for France against Australia, which saw Rabiot come away with a goal and an assist, speculation has resurfaced linking the player with a move to the Premier League.
CalcioMercato claim that with Rabiot’s contract expiring in the summer of 2023, clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea have been tracking his status at Juventus, and now Spurs may be ready to register their interest, too.
Apparently, “Arsenal and Chelsea have started the machine,” but Rabiot’s “great admirer Fabio Paratici will try to sign up for the race.”
With Rabiot soon to be available on a free transfer, the main stumbling block for any club will be his wage demands, which CalcioMercato cite as being “ten million net a year, not one euro less.”
Spurs Web Opinion
On his day, Rabiot is a fine player, but those days do not come around quite as consistently as one would hope. Despite his undoubted quality, I’d be very wary of signing someone with such big wage demands and a history of not turning up when he’s needed.
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