Newcastle United are reportedly set to make an approach for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with the Frenchman currently facing an uncertain future at the Allianz Stadium.
What’s the word?
According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, the Magpies are ‘serious’ about landing the 27-year-old in the January transfer window, with sporting director Dan Ashworth seemingly set to make a ‘super offer’ for the former Paris Saint-Germain man.
This follows a report from earlier this week that named the Tynesiders – as well as Premier League rivals Arsenal – as possible suitors for the 6 foot 2 ace, with the Serie A side said to be open to a sale for a fee in the region of £13m-17m.
That willingness to sell comes amid the player’s expiring contract in Turin, with the former Manchester City youth product – who was also linked with a move to St James’ Park in the summer – having just six months left on his existing deal.
Imagine him and Joelinton
Rabiot has already teased a potential move to England in the near future, having only recently suggested that the “Premier League attracts [him]“, with Eddie Howe and co likely hoping that they can use that interest to tempt the player into making the switch.
Such an addition would no doubt be a real coup for Newcastle such is the elegant playmaker’s undoubted quality, with the 33-cap gem having scored five goals and laid on two assists in 16 games in all competitions so far this term.
The powerful asset has also previously been lauded for his form at club level by former boss Andrea Pirlo, with the Italian icon dubbing him a “complete player” and a “champion” due to his strength “both physically and technically.”
That quality has been evident at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar with Rabiot having thrived in his midfield berth for the holders, scoring once and registering one assist from his four outings in the competition, while also averaging 2.5 tackles per game and 1.3 interceptions per game.
The player’s box-to-box brilliance is also illustrated by the fact that he ranks in the top 17% in Europe among those in his position for dribbles completed, as well as in the top 15% for aerial duels won as a sign of his ability to impact the game both in an attacking and defensive sense.
The all-action star could well complement current Magpies hero Joelinton in Howe’s midfield with the Brazilian also offering that dynamic and progressive trait, as he ranks in the top 18% for dribbles completed, as well as in the top 7% for aerial duels won.
The £85k-per-week machine also ranks in the top 12% for tackles made as a marker of his ball-winning prowess, while Rabiot ranks in the top 19% in that regard, illustrating that the pair could well prove a real fearsome prospect for any opposition midfield.
Having two figures in the centre of the park who can impact play at both ends of pitch will seemingly only help to maintain the Magpies’ current rampant form, with the club’s high energy and progressive approach currently working wonders in the quest for a top-four berth.
Managing to get the Juventus man through the door is no doubt set to be a tough ask for the aforementioned Ashworth, although capitalising on the player’s expiring contract would no doubt be something of a masterstroke.
Just imagine the damage that both he and Joelinton could inflict upon Premier League opponents…
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