Juventus to thwart any transfer move for Rabiot from Arsenal

Transfer News: Rabiot celebrating Juventus goal, Arteta as Arsenal Manager
  • Adrien Rabiot has almost fallen out of favour with new boss Sarrri at Juventus this season 
  • The French star has played less game time among Juventus players
  • New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly willing to offer him an escape route

New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could move for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in January transfer window as he looks to instill options.

The Spaniard, who took charge of his old team against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, is plannning for the winter transfer window.

Adrien Rabiot in Juventus

Frenchman Rabiot is thought to be an answer for Arteta, and it could be an escape route as Rabiot has found himself frozen out in Sarri System by defecding champions in Serie A.

Juventus signed Rabiot on a free transfer from PSG last summer, but the player has started in just five of his nine appearances. His problem could be attributed to his introvert nature, and being in a new country has complicated the situation. Arteta could provide him a way out by tempting him with a loan move.

Rabiot’s gametime in Serie A was not encouraging either – he has played fewer minutes than most of his teammates. 

Rabiot has long been linked with a move to the English Premier League, with Mourinho’s Tottenham rumoured to have held an interest in him for some time.

A move to the Gunners would provide Arteta options in midfield and provide his of first-choice stars. Rabiot presence would offer Arsenal energy and creativity as a box-to-box player, something the Gunners lack at present.

Arsenal Situation

Arsenal’s midfield is seen as another weaker section after it’s defense was the center of much discussion. Former captain Granit Xhaka is reportedly set for a departure after he clashed with supporters. At the same time, the likes of Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil were not able to live up to the expectation.

It’s believed Arteta could move for Rabiot regardless of of Xhaka situation, but the Swiss star’s future in Arsenal is uncertain in the aftermath of his fall out with the fans in October.

The incident occurred when Xhaka was being substituted with Saka in a 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace, and ended up with former boss Unai Emery stripping him of the Gunners captaincy.

Mesut Ozil was also linked with an exit, after falling out of favour with Emery with a transfer rumour to Turkey, – but he may be given a chance to prove himself once again under Arteta, as he fetatured in the first game against Bournemouth.

Juventus Reaction

Juventus are not willing to let the midfielder leave in the January transfer window, according to Sport Mediaset.

The Italian giants are reportedly not even prepared to consider a loan move, which is one option that has been touted.

Earlier this month, Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri admitted Rabiot had found it difficult to adjust since his move from Paris.

“He has struggled to settle into our football, but that is normal,’ said Sarri.

“He also came off an injury and struggled more in the first half in Germany [against Leverkusen], but he came out towards the end.

“He is also quite introverted, which doesn’t help him to settle.”