Manchester United have reached an agreement with Juventus regarding the purchase
of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot for an initial £15m
Discussions are at an early stage regarding the player’s personal terms, and while
Juventus are happy to sell the 27-year-old a green light will be required from his
agent and mother, Veronique, before a deal can proceed.
Rabiot has previously played for Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse and has 29
international caps. He has won five Ligue 1 and one Serie A title but has a record of
uneven discipline, including being fined for lateness.
United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, still retains hope of signing his principal midfield
target, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, despite mixed signals emanating from the
Spanish club regarding a sale of the Netherlands playmaker. The transfer would cost
United €65m (£55m) plus €20m in add‑ons, though the structure of the additional
payments has not been decided.
Chelsea are believed to be leading the race for De Jong. They have held talks with
Barcelona over-signing the 25-year-old and believe that he favors them over United.
Spanish sources say the 25-year-old remains determined to stay put.
United, who began their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to
Brighton on Sunday, are also targeting Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic as a possible
signing to help bolster the club’s depleted attacking options. The fee would be in the
region of £10m for the 33-year-old.
Meanwhile, Diogo Dalot has insisted United’s defeat to Brighton will not alter the
team’s focus as they undergo yet another rebuilding process under a new manager.