Adrien Rabiot’s PL admission, Liverpool namecheck and Newcastle response amid Man Utd ‘agreement’
All the latest transfer news on Adrien Rabiot, as Manchester United reportedly turn to their attentions to the Frenchman.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a number of midfield targets this summer - the most notable of which has undoubtedly been Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.
Erik ten Hag’s side have found themselves frustrated in that particular pursuit, however, and now appear to be considering an alternative in the form of Rabiot.
The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract in Turin, and it is suggested that United must now decide whether they should attempt to complete a deal irrespective of their ongoing attempts to secure De Jong, or whether they should wait to discover how that protracted saga resolves itself before making a decision on Rabiot.
But what has the Frenchman said about a prospective move to England in the past?
Here’s everything you need to know amid United’s ‘agreement’ in principle.
What has Rabiot said about a move to the Premier League?
Rabiot has spoken openly about his desire to one day play in the Premier League - although United fans might be less enthused to hear about his boyhood admiration for bitter rivals Liverpool.
Addressing a potential move to England some five years ago, as per the Daily Mirror, the French midfielder said: “I think I would like to experience something else [outside Ligue 1].
“There are a lot of very good championships, it’s also very rewarding to go elsewhere.
“I would love to play in the Premier League, not necessarily one club in particular, even though I was very fond of Liverpool when I was young.”
More recently, however, Rabiot responded to speculation linking him with a move to newly-moneyed Newcastle United by asserting his contentment at current club Juventus.
Speaking to TeleFoot late last year, the 27-year-old said: “I’m happy in Turin. I see my future at Juventus, of course!”
Whether those claims still reflect Rabiot’s stance remains to be seen, however.
In June, The Telegraph reported that the player was ‘looking to ditch’ Juve, with the player also said to be keen on ‘joining a Premier League club this summer’.
At the time, it was suggested that the ex-PSG star could be available for as little as £15 million.