Arsenal’s plans to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has suffered a setback following reports that the 19 year old is open to sign a new contract with the French club. This new report is a complete twist from what obtained few months ago. As both player and club were in complete impasse and the Parisians were ready to cash in on him in January following his refusal to sign a new contract. PSG manager Laurent Blanc had hinted at a sale in January opining that the club could not entertain a free transfer.
This particular turn of events reduces Arsenal’s chances of getting the midfielder for a cut price fee in January or for free next summer.
Adrien Rabiot’s refusal to sign a new deal was premised on his fears over a lack of playing opportunity with the PSG first team, however, the club’s hierarchy seem to have had a chance of heart with reports that they are planning on sending the 6ft 2in midfielder on loan for him to get for playing opportunities, which has precipitated the report that he would sign a new contract, something that looks completely out of the picture a few months ago.
This new twist completely changes the complexion of the player’s future as Arsenal was pushing at the possiblity of signing the 19 year old on a permanent deal, but Seria A side, Roma is thought to be open to a short deal, something that the Parisians seem more receptive to, as they still cling to the hope that Adrien Rabiot would sign a contract extension which would pave the way for him to go out on loan.
At the height of the summer transfer window, reports emerged from France that Arsenal had opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the midfielder who had just one year left on his contract. The focus later shifted to Roma’s interest in the player after Arsenal’s interest cooled. But having made 15 starts last season, and a total of 23 appearances in total for Laurent Blanc’s side, he has not featured this season because of the deadlock over his contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain.
The state of affairs in respect of the player’s future is that he is leaning towards signing a new contract which would rule out Arsenal’s chances of signing the youngster.
The new turn of event is not expected to represent much of a blow to Arsenal as the club already have lots of prospects and young players in midfield, and instead a more experienced player would be of benefit to the team.