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Arsenal: Gunners want to sign Adrien Rabiot ‘immediately’

Arsenal: Gunners want to sign Adrien Rabiot ‘immediately’ -Arsenal News

Arsenal reportedly want to sign Juventus and France central midfielder Adrien Rabiot ‘immediately’.

The Lowdown: Impressive World Cup

Rabiot comes back into club football off the back of an impressive FIFA World Cup with France, where he ranked as the finalist’s sixth-best performer, scoring one goal and making one assist in six appearances in Qatar (WhoScored).

Hailed as ‘outstanding‘ by football analyst John Molinaro, he is out of contract at Juve in the summer, meaning that he can leave as a free agent, or sign for another club for a cut-price in the January transfer window.

the Latest: Arsenal interest

As per La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), the Gunners want to  ‘immediately’ bring Rabiot to the Emirates Stadium, and to do that, they are ready to sit down at the negotiating table with the Old Lady.

Despite manager Massimiliano Allegri’s desire to keep him until the end of the season, Juventus have set a price tag of €15m (£13.2m) to sign him in January, and Rabiot’s mother, Veronique, who is also his agent, is demanding €10m (£8.8m) per year in salary.

The Verdict: Get it done?

Signing 27-year-old Rabiot for a cut-price is surely a no-brainer, but Mikel Arteta’s side may have their reservations.

The central midfielder has received criticism in the past, notably from Premier League legend Paulo Di Canio, who has bizarrely likened him to a ‘footballing giraffe‘ for the way he loses duels to smaller players despite his six-foot-two stature.

Indeed, he only ranks in the 79th percentile for aerial duels won per game of all midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, and in the 40th for interceptions (FBRef).

However, Rabiot does excel in other areas, ranking in the 84th percentile for non-penalty goals and 81st for tackles per match (FBRef).

He is not the perfect all-round midfielder, but would still add quality to Arsenal’s squad depth as they look to chase down the top-flight title.

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