Arsenal remain interested in young Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, but could face opposition from Tottenham should the 20-year-old decide to leave the Parc Des Princes.
Current France Under-21 midfielder Rabiot emerged on the Arsenal radar two years ago, having been touted as a future senior international. But despite appearing to be on the verge of leaving PSG last summer, Rabiot stayed in Paris for another season, with interest from Arsenal and Italian side Roma falling short of an official bid.
But that failed pursuit has not put off the Gunners, and the Premier League side are believed to be monitoring the Frenchman with a view to making a move for him in January should he show signs that he would consider a fresh start in the Premier League.
Furthermore, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has publicly admitted that he will look to strengthen ion the transfer window after ruling Francis Coquelin, the side’s only recognised defensive midfielder, out of action for three months after suffering knee ligament damage.
Wenger was criticised for not making a defensive midfield signing in the summer, and Coquelin’s absence looks certain to force the 66-year-old Frenchman into the transfer market.
However, Arsenal could face opposition from their north London rivals, who are also believed to be interested in signing Rabiot. The PSG academy product – who spent a season on loan with Toulouse in 2012/13 – looks to have cemented his place in Laurent Blanc’s starting line-up this season after making seven Ligue 1 starts so far, but if Blanc can’t assure that he will remain a key player once the likes of Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore return, he could eye a transfer in January.
Arsenal would certainly need a player of Rabiot’s capabilities following the injuries suffered by Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere this season, while Spurs would need to drop one of their recently established all-English midfield pairing of Eric Dier and Dele Alli if Rabiot was to feature.
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