Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is now being pursued by another Premier League giant.
The France international had already been linked with a move to Tottenham and now the north London club’s rivals, Arsenal, are pushing to sign him too.
Rabiot shone for France at the World Cup, scoring his country’s first goal of the tournament to set up their charge to the final.
But despite him being on the losing side against Argentina, Arsenal see the Juventus star – who has played 16 games for the Serie A side this campaign – as the perfect player to boost their midfield.
According to reports from Italian outlet Repubblica, the Gunners are keen to sign him in January in their bid to win the title this year.
The 27-year-old’s proposed transfer to Manchester United this summer collapsed due to personal terms.
But Juventus may now be willing to sell him for a reduced fee to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer at the end of his contract.
Arteta will be eager to boost his options in midfield to avoid of the injury crisis last term, giving cover for Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.
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And Rabiot himself said he’d want to play in England earlier this month.
“Premier League attracts me,” Rabiot said. “I’ve always said I’d like to play there — will it be at the end of my contract at Juve? I don’t know.
“I don’t have favourite team in England, no team where I’d necessarily like to play.”
However they’ll have to battle with north London rivals Tottenham, who also want to add the star to their ranks.
The Gunners get their season Premier League season back underway against West Ham at the Emirates on Boxing Day, with Arteta hoping to have all his World Cup stars back at his disposal – apart from the injured Gabriel Jesus.
But it’s clear the north London club will need some more Qatar 2022 standard players in their side should they want to cement their place at the top of the Premier League.
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