PSG Midfielder Adrien Rabiot Confirms Transfer Talks with Juventus

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2019

BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain in action during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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Adrien Rabiot has said he is in talks to join Juventus ahead of the expiration of his Paris Saint-Germain contract, and he also hinted at interest from Manchester United. 

The midfielder is set to leave the French capital when he becomes a free agent on July 1.

He has been strongly linked with United, while there have also been reports he could re-sign with PSG despite not playing once for them in 2019:

Robin Bairner @RBairner

Adrien Rabiot will still leave PSG in the summer, despite strange rumours yesterday that Leonardo's return could cause a U-turn. RMC reports that #MUFC remains a possibility.

He has now confirmed he is in talks with Serie A champions Juventus, but he also left the door open for a move to Old Trafford, telling Corriere dello Sport (h/t Football Italia):

"I like Italy very much. Staying here is wonderful, you can rest and recharge your batteries. A demanding season awaits me. Juve came looking for me and we talked, but I can't say anything else. I still don't know where I'll go. They're a great club, where every good player would like to play.

"The same applies to [United]. I still have to make a decision. I'm on holiday for now. You'll know soon."

Rabiot is a product of PSG's youth system and has been part of the first team at the Parc des Princes since 2012.

However, he was exiled from the side in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign after refusing to discuss a new contract.

As a result, he looks set to leave this summer, and he has been linked with a number of top clubs.

Despite having caused some controversy at PSG, Rabiot is a proven performer at the top level and boasts a fine passing range along with excellent physicality.

At 24, he also still has the potential for further improvement if he finds an environment in which he can thrive.

Juventus have made a habit of snapping up high-quality players for free in recent years.

They paid no transfer fee for the likes of Dani Alves, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira, and they will welcome Aaron Ramsey to the club this summer after his Arsenal contract expires.

Rabiot boasts the skill set to be another fine piece of business from Juve, and they are clearly interested in signing him.