Newcastle United could reportedly sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer this summer.
The Lowdown: Out of contract
The Frenchman is out of contract in Turin in the summer, meaning that he can leave on a free transfer or sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in the January transfer window.
He has recently admitted that he does not know whether he will renew his current deal with the Old Lady, following their failure to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
The Latest: Newcastle interest
As per Calciomercato, Juventus cannot afford to renew Rabiot’s contract on current terms, which are thought to be €7m (£6.1m) per season.
However, Newcastle are among a number of clubs who can, and would be ‘interested’ in signing him up once his deal expires. Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in his signature, should he leave Turin.
The Verdict: Another option…
Rabiot would certainly offer Eddie Howe and the Newcastle squad another quality option in the middle of the park.
Once claimed to be built ‘like a wardrobe‘ by former team-mate and football legend Gianluigi Buffon, the 6 foot 3 dynamo ranks highly among other midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for aerial duels won, blocks and tackles made per game over the past year (FBRef).
This marks him out as a midfielder who is well able to work hard out of possession for the benefit of his team.
Rabiot is set to star in France’s midfield at the upcoming World Cup, given the injuries to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, so the Toon Army can get a glimpse of what the 27-year-old could offer to them should he come to St James’ Park.