Manchester City could move for Adrien Rabiot on free transfer
Manchester City could look to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer agreement this summer, according to a report.
The Lowdown: City eyeing midfielder
It is clear that Pep Guardiola wants to strengthen in midfield, with Man City recently being linked with Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada, who is also available on a free at the end of the season.
Ilkay Gundogan’s contract is set to expire this summer, and while the German was said to be in talks about extending his stay back in January, he is yet to reach an agreement with the club, and so signing a new midfielder may be a necessity.
The Latest: Rabiot linked
According to a report from CalcioMercato (via Sport Witness), Rabiot has no intention of signing a new deal with Juventus as the club cannot offer him the salary that he wants, so he will look to move on in the summer.
With the Frenchman’s contract expiring this summer he is available to leave on a free transfer, and will have no shortage of offers – City are apparently just one of several Premier League teams eyeing a move.
The Verdict: Get it done?
The 27-year-old has been in good form in the Serie A this season, contributing four goals and two assists in 18 appearances from central midfield, already matching his highest-ever goal tally across a league campaign with Juventus.
Hailed as ‘sensational‘ by the media, the maestro has been one of the Italian side’s key performers, weighing in with a 7.08 average rating from Sofascore, a higher figure than both Gundogan and Kalvin Phillips have attained in the English top flight.
Rabiot would be an improvement on Gundogan defensively, given that he has averaged more tackles, interceptions and aerials won per 90 than the 32-year-old in the past year, and signing him on a free transfer would be a very astute piece of business.