Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned against Juventus duel for PSG's Adrien Rabiot


That’s the suggestion of French football expert Julien Laurens.

Rabiot is out of contract with Ligue 1 champions PSG next week and has been able to sign a pre-contract deal to depart the Parc des Princes since January.

But the soon-to-be free agent has yet to find his next employers despite being highly regarded across Europe.

Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United are among the clubs to be linked with the 24-year-old, who has six caps for France.

Rabiot recently confirmed that he has spoken to Juve, calling the Old Lady “a great club where everyone would like to play” and explaining: “Juve watched me and we talked about it, but I can’t say anything.”

And the PSG academy graduate added: “Manchester United? It’s the same as last year, I have to decide. I’m on vacation for now. Soon you will know.”

With United keen to freshen up their squad and, according to ESPN, working with only a £100m transfer budget before player sales, the possibility of picking up a talent like Rabiot for nothing would surely appeal despite his apparent €10million-a-year (£8.9m) wage demands.

But although former PSG team-mate Gianluigi Buffon recently called Rabiot a mix of Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio because of his all-rounded abilities, Laurens insists the player’s attitude and off-field associates means clubs should be wary of signing him as he gets set to depart PSG in toxic circumstances.

Laurens told ESPN FC: “The talent is there, he’s a really, really unbelievably talented player. 

“The issue I have and a lot of people have is with his attitude, with his entourage, with his mum Veronique, who is his agent and is very present there. 

“Since he was 14 and he joined Man City, she was already by then asking for all sorts when he signed his pre-contract and stuff like that. All those things around him, I think this is what spoils it a bit. 

“He’s been a free agent since January – how come, late June, he still doesn’t have a club? How does that even work? 

“With his talent, French international like he is, he should have a club by now, one of the best in Europe. Yet he still doesn’t. 

“He will be sorted out and I think maybe a club like Juventus who love a free transfer will be there for him but all that is because of the issues he’s had at PSG and with [Didier] Deschamps on the national team, not wanting to be on the reserve list and writing a letter and moaning all the time and this and that. 

“That’s why he’s still without a club right now.”

Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici was coy when asked if Rabiot, who was once briefly on the books of Manchester City as a teenager and has been linked with numerous other Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, is a key target for the Serie A champions.

He said at a press conference to unveil Maurizio Sarri as the club’s new manager earlier this week: “There are so many teams [trying to sign Rabiot] and we are in the race.”

Italian outlet Tuttosport, however, claim that Juve are increasingly confident of landing Rabiot and have had positive talks with the player’s representatives.


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