Adrien Rabiot is hot property.
After ejecting the offer of a new deal with PSG, the French international became a target for all top European teams. Now we are in the summer transfer window and only a few interested parties remain.
And we are supposedly one of them.
Rabiot has a reputation that comes with his burgeoning talent though, one of a strong-willed player. Strong-willed to the point of threatening his position in a team.
He missed out on a place in the Coup de France final in 2015 after arriving late for a team meeting.
He also asked to be loaned out of PSG in the past if his playing time dropped one iota. Who did he ask? Not the then coach Laurent Blanc, but the club president. Not a move to enamour himself with the manager.
Probably the most eyebrow-raising thing he has done is put a premature end to his international hopes after rejecting a standby spot for the World Cup. So now the 24 year old still has only six caps, despite being one of the leading lights for his country.
Now though, Rabiot’s former coach, Unai Emery, is reportedly keen to reunite with the midfielder, and Rabiot isn’t averse to the idea, but there is one stumbling block.
Rabiot has reportedly said he will declare where he his next destination is later this week – which coincides with our result in the Europa League final. It seems Rabiot is waiting to see if Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League before considering the Gunners.
Emery is the man behind the best spell Rabiot has had in recent years – the midfielder orchestrated PSG’s 4-0 win over Barca in the CL a couple of years back – and the Frenchman could reignite his career with a move to London.
But the sheer ambition of Rabiot may well see him move for a club in the Champions League – so Wednesday matters in yet another way.