Adrien Rabiot is now leaning towards extending his contract with PSG, according to reports in France, after much speculation that he might leave on a free transfer next summer.
In the summer, Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for the French midfielder. The usually reliable RMC Sport reported that Arsenal and Barcelona were the two clubs leading the race for Rabiot’s signature if he decided not to extend his contract.
Rabiot then rejected two separate offers to extend. PSG reportedly most recently offered him €7.2m-a-year, plus bonuses, but the midfielder knew he had a €10m-a-year offer on the table from Barcelona.
However, the whole situation has taken a bit of a turnaround. L’Equipe now report that Rabiot is edging towards staying with the Ligue 1 side. He has an attachment to the club, having come through the academy, his relationships with the staff and people in the local area are very strong, and he feels he can really improve under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
The financial side of things is the only area where they still haven’t found an agreement. Arguably that’s the most important thing to get right, so this is still a story to keep an eye on.
Arsenal ended up signing Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira over the summer, to fill the gap in midfield. If Rabiot’s contract issues continue though, you could certainly see Unai Emery being keen to reunite with his former player in the upcoming windows. We’ll see.