New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is preparing a raid on his former club Paris Saint-Germain and wants to bring midfielder Adrien Rabiot to London, reports Calciomercato.
The 46-year-old was unveiled as Arsene Wenger’s successor earlier this week and appears to be wasting little time in trying to revamp the squad he has inherited at The Emirates.
While he immediately singled out Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang as key players around which he wants to build his team, he also wants reinforcements.
And after his unexpected World Cup snub, Rabiot – who has been linked with the Gunners before – could see a switch to England as the ideal way to force his way back into international contention.
The 23-year-old joined PSG’s youth team in 2010 following time at a number of clubs – including Manchester City – and went on to make his first-team debut in 2012.
Since then he has made 200 appearances for the Parisian club, scoring 20 goals, also spending a season on loan with Toulouse in 2012-13.
However, L’Equipe claims that Rabiot blames PSG for his omission and would therefore be open to leaving the club.
Despite making six appearances for Les Bleus since his debut in 2016, national boss Didier Deschamps declined to pick him for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Rabiot reacted by refusing to be put on France’s standby list, adding that he would not follow the proscribed training programme for those in reserve.
The Frenchman’s contract with PSG runs out next summer and a move to England to reunite with Emery, under whom the left-footed midfielder won six trophies, could hold plenty of attraction.
Calciomercato adds that Juventus – who can offer the 23-year-old continued Champions League football – could battle the Gunners for his signature.
With Santi Cazorla leaving the club and doubts surrounding the future of Jack Wilshere, Arsenal will not want to be left short in central midfield and adding Rabiot to their ranks could be a smart move.