Adrien Rabiot has already lived in the Manchester area. In 2008 the midfielder had a spell with City’s youth system, but concerns about whether he’d ever actually get chances in the future meant a return to France.
Ending up with PSG, he forced his way through to the first team, yet never seemed to feel valued enough by the club. That ultimately saw him refusing to renew his contract and he left for Juventus on a free transfer last summer.
Working his way into the club’s team, Rabiot hasn’t been a bad signing, but he’s a way for Juve to cash-in this summer. Any transfer fee would be a full capital gain, considering there was no transfer fee.
Manchester United have been repeatedly linked with Rabiot, even going back to his time with PSG. A move to Old Trafford would be very positive for the midfielder, however, there’s a question of how serious interest is.
Saturday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport says the player’s moth Veronique, who also acts as his agent, has spoken to Manchester United. She’s also talked with Everton and there’s no indication whether it’s the clubs making an effort or the agent.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to do business this summer, and has repeatedly made it clear he wants players with the right attitude. There’s been a lot of media noise around Rabiot in recent years, not all of it his fault, and Solskjaer would have to be convinced Rabiot has the right mindset, and football qualities, for his current Manchester United squad.