Manchester United are set to sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus in a £15m deal to solve their midfield crisis, but the France international has a reputation for trouble… and the Old Trafford club insist who still want the first goal Frenkie de Jong.
- Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Adrien Rabiot from Juventus
- The 27-year-old France international will cost £15m and ease his woes in midfield
- United’s pursuit of Erik ten Hag’s No.1 transfer target Frenkie de Jong has stalled
- But the club insist they still want to sign De Jong before the window closes
- The Ten Hag lost their first Premier League game in charge 2-1 at home to Brighton
Manchester United are close to signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus in a deal worth £15m.
The 27-year-old France international will ease United’s concerns in midfield following the faltering pursuit of new manager Erik ten Hag, new manager Frenkie de Jong’s No.1 summer target.
Rabiot has fallen out of favor at Juventus and has just one year left on his contract, opening the door for United to sign him.
Manchester United have agreed a £15m fee for Juventus and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot
Rabiot, 27, signed for Juventus in 2019 but has failed to reach his full potential there.
He joined the Italian club in 2019 on a free transfer after seven years with Paris Saint-Germain, after Rabiot, along with his mother and agent Veronique, decided his future was in better hands away from Paris .
But Rabiot struggled to live up to the early promise he showed at Juventus and his move to Turin has coincided with the club’s monopoly on the Serie A title final.
Ironically, midfielder Paul Pogba has just left Old Trafford to return to Juventus after failing to scale the heights in the Premier League.
United will be signing a talented midfielder, but one who has a reputation within the game for being a difficult client in the dressing room.
This is partly due to the reputation that has been bestowed on his mother, who has clashed with the figures of the game during her son’s career.
Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique is a notoriously tough negotiator and has clashed with her son’s clubs in the past.
Veronique represents Rabiot and is said to have clashed with the star’s teammates and sporting directors, as well as demanding to meet managers and attend training sessions to ensure her son was treated and served in the right way.
She has previously demanded to go on a pre-season tour when her son signed his first professional forms at PSG, while she was partly responsible for his relegation to the reserves at the same club over wage demands.
She would claim because of this incident that her son was being held “hostage” by the club and this was tantamount to him soon being in “prison” and fed only on “bread and water”.
Erik ten Hag saw his tenure as United boss get off to the worst possible start at home to Brighton on Sunday afternoon
The move to Spain in 2018 did not happen due to salary demands.
United’s critics have said Rabiot’s move represents panic at the club as the transfer window enters its final stages.
The club lost their first game of the 2022-23 campaign, and Erik ten Hag’s first in charge, at home to Brighton.
A number of fans called for a reshuffle of United’s midfield as the club had pursued De Jong throughout the summer at the expense of other targets.
Rabiot is not thought to be an alternative to De Jong, with the club still hopeful they can land the Dutchman.
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