Newcastle United: Magpies touted for potential Adrien Rabiot swoop
Newcastle United have been touted to potentially take advantage of recent behind-the-scenes rumblings at Juventus and make a move to sign Adrien Rabiot.
The Lowdown: Chaos at Juventus
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the entire board at Juventus has stepped down from their positions, with a statement saying that they had “considered the centrality and relevance of pending legal and accounting issues”.
The Toon were linked with a move for Rabiot, who has impressed for France in the World Cup in Qatar, during the summer transfer window but ultimately didn’t sign him.
Now that the January transfer window is on the horizon, it appears that the midfielder has been mentioned with a move to St James’ Park once again.
The Lowdown: Newcastle touted to make potential Rabiot move
According to a recent report from Chronicle Live, as a result of the recent behind-the-scenes chaos at Juventus, this could see Newcastle pounce and launch a move for Rabiot.
The report also mentions Moise Kean and Weston McKennie as players previously mentioned with moves to St James’ Park.
The Verdict: Would be a smart move by Newcastle
Focusing on Rabiot, his performances this season have shown why launching a potential move for him in January would be a smart one from Newcastle.
In addition to scoring three goals and providing two assists across his 11 Serie A appearances for the Old Lady this term, the Frenchman has made the third-highest number of passes into the final third of the pitch (32) at Juventus, also recording the fifth-highest combined total of tackles and interceptions (33).
In the World Cup so far, the 27-year-old’s performances have earned him an overall rating of 7.36/10 from WhoScored, higher than the likes of Ousmane Dembele (7.21/10), Dayot Upamecano (7.11/10) and Aurelien Tchouameni (7.03/10).
Taking all of this into account, if an opportunity to secure a deal for Rabiot arises during the January transfer window, this is definitely something that Newcastle should explore.