PSG Transfer News: Inter Milan Interested in Adrien Rabiot Amid Latest Rumours

Alex Keble@alexkebleFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

PSG's Adrien Rabiot, center, PSG's Angel Di Maria smile to PSG's Neymar, left, after scoring during the French League One soccer match between PSG and Toulouse at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
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Inter Milan are reportedly looking into the possibility of signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, but they will have to fight off interest from the likes of Arsenal and Juventus, per Fabrizio Romano of Calciomercato

The 22-year-old, who has played 125 times for PSG since his debut in 2012, is reportedly unhappy at the club and looking for a move. Rabiot does not enjoy the role he is asked to play by manager Unai Emery, which has led to Rabiot resisting the club's attempts to tie him to a new contract.

With the France international's current deal expiring in the summer of 2019, PSG have reportedly been keen to tie Rabiot down since last November, per Jonathan Johnson for ESPN FC. Their failure to do so means the Frenchman is increasingly likely to leave.

Rabiot has started 22 league games for PSG this season, helping his side open up a 14-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table, although the current campaign is likely to be viewed as a failure by players and staff following their Champions League last-16 exit to Real Madrid. PSG were defeated 5-2 on aggregate, losing both legs to Zinedine Zidane's side.

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However, if Rabiot is unhappy with his role under Emery, his stalled contract negotiations could take a positive turn in the near future. Emery's job is under severe threat following PSG's Champions League elimination, and the defeat has reportedly "sealed his fate," per Gary Stonehouse for The Sun. A change of manager could mean a change of heart for the 22-year-old.

Juventus "talked to PSG last summer" about a move for Rabiot, per Calciomercato, but they eventually landed Blaise Matuidi instead. Subsequently Inter have emerged as a potential suitor, although Arsenal have also been linked with Rabiot in the past, and the midfielder once admitted he "would love to play in the Premier League," per Metro.

Persistent injuries to Santi Cazorla have left Arsenal light on central-midfield options, while Granit Xhaka has received plenty of criticism during his time at the Emirates, most notably in February when Gary Neville labelled the Switzerland international and his team-mate Aaron Ramsey "an absolute disgrace" during their Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, per Sky Sports.

However, Inter are also in desperate need of reinforcements. They are fifth in Serie A, 18 points behind leaders Napoli and without European football for the third time in five years.

There is no doubt that Rabiot, if he does not sign a new contract, will be in high demand this summer.

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