Newcastle could potentially sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus for as little as £8.5m, according to Corrierre dello Sport (via Sport Witness).
Transfermarkt actually value the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who still has more than 18 months left on his contract, at £27m; and he has been a regular for the Bianconeri, starting eight Serie A games and two Champions League matches under Max Allegri so far this season (via WhoScored).
Allegri’s predecessor Andrea Pirlo labelled Rabiot a ‘complete player’ with a rare mix of physical and technical gifts.
According to Corrierre dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the 25-year-old is said to be ‘on the way out’ of Juventus, with Newcastle very real candidates to sign him.
The report suggests that an offer of between €10m (£8.5m) and €15m (£12.8m) could be enough to persuade the Turin club to do a deal.
It’s worth noting that, in the aforementioned interview, Pirlo admitted that ‘the mental side of things’ needed work with Rabiot, who has been accused of an ‘unacceptable’ lack of professionalism in the past.
For Newcastle and Eddie Howe, the opportunity to sign a player of his talent needs to be balanced against the risks of things turning sour.
It would admittedly be a real show of ambition to truly launch the PIF era. At the age of 26, has racked up a whopping 24 major honours in his career, and he’s playing for a marquee outfit in Juventus.
In other news, St James’ Park is an option for this out-of-favour stopper
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