Adrien Rabiot and Everton is certainly something which is building in the Italian rumour media, with Calciomercato pushing it again on Thursday afternoon.

Carlo Ancelotti is said to be the man behind Toffees interest and has made a ‘request’ to the board at Goodison Park to get the signing done. He wants to add quality and calibre to midfield, and has chosen Rabiot as the man to do that.

Calciomercato point out the manager gave the former PSG player his debut whilst with the French club, and taught Rabiot a lot from a tactical perspective. Ancelotti is subsequently described as a ‘football father’ of the Frenchman, which could help Everton when it comes to convincing him.

Rabiot may not yet be ready to give up his Juventus dream, and there’s not a lot of motivation for him to more to try and get a Euro 2020 sport. Having pulled out of the standby list for the 2018 World Cup, there’d need to be sort of plague on French midfielders for the 24 year old to stand a chance.

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Everton’s plan is to offer a ‘very expensive loan’ with a right of redemption, but Juve chief Fabio Paratici would rather keep the player. Once again it’s stated the club would like to see the back of Emre Can instead, and it would take a ‘precise and strong request’ from Rabiot to change their mind.

If he feels he’ll get regular games in Turin going forward, and he was more in the picture just before Serie A’s winter break, then that seems a long shot.