Arsenal Transfer News: Adrien Rabiot Deal Close, Arsene Wenger Set to Meet Agent

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

Paris Saint Germain's Adrien Rabiot, controls the ball during a Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain against Bayer Leverkusen at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Adrien Rabiot's mother, who just so happens to be his agent, "will be in London" on Friday to speak with Arsene Wenger, according to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The French midfielder's future "is likely to be in England," per Di Marzio, who leads reports that multiple teams are competing with Arsenal for the 19-year-old. Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC suggests four sides have submitted offers for Rabiot, who is destined to leave the Parc des Princes:

Veronique Rabiot recently confirmed her son "does not want to extend" his stay with the Ligue 1 champions, per Sky Sports. She also noted Juventus "could be of interest," but it appears Arsenal have jumped ahead of the Italian champions at this pivotal point in the summer transfer window.

With just four days to go before deals cease, Wenger's squad still needs a quality defensive midfielder and a striker to be added. Rabiot has begun establishing himself with some decent performances in the PSG midfield, but he is yet to truly set the footballing world on fire.

He is a developing talent, someone who doesn't shy away from tackles and would provide Wenger with an interesting project. The Gunners boss has proven a key influence over many emerging stars across the years and recently reaffirmed his faith in youth by providing Calum Chambers with immediate responsibility at the Emirates.

The former Southampton right-back has responded immediately since moving, posting a handful of impressive displays. Wenger has pushed him into the centre of defence and isn't worried by his relative lack of experience on the big stage. Such confidence in Chambers appears to have aided the player's belief and arguably upped his market value beyond the £16 million paid already.

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Arsenal's qualification for the Champions League group stage ensures further midfield talent is preferable. Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini continue to take on central roles, but Arsenal's expansive play would be aided by a dominating physical type.

Rabiot isn't this player at the moment, although he has the potential to be. He stands taller than 6'2", according to, and he will be looking to bulk up across the next few years. This could be pivotal to his progression in the Premier League or one of Europe's top divisions, where raw power often stands between supremacy and failure in midfield.

Perhaps worryingly, Johnson believes Rabiot will need to be given an important role from the off if his potential tenure with Arsenal is to last. He responded to a question on Twitter, explaining why the teenager and his mother may struggle with a bit-part role under Arteta and Flamini:

Arsenal are also being linked with midfield signings who are more suited to an instant stint in the first team. Rumours of Sami Khedira have begun to die down, per Samuel Stevens of The Independent. Xabi Alonso's imminent move to Bayern Munich, as reported by The Guardian's Sid Lowe, also looks to have ended the north London side's chances of landing the German.

Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho could be an expensive signing at £24 million, per Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail. He is an extremely physical player who would finally add weight to Arsenal's midfield, but competition from Manchester United ensures a transfer remains difficult.

Rabiot represents something of a half-cut measure. He isn't the expensive, completely established defensive specialist to plug Wenger's midfield, but he can certainly do a job. The French boss would likely need to spend a couple of years honing the youngster's development before his best form is realised, assuming the player's mother allows this to happen.