Manchester United director of football John Murtough has gone to Italy to try to work out personal terms with Adrien Rabiot ahead of a projected £15 million deal from Juventus.
According to the Telegraph through the Mirror, Manchester United director John Murtough has traveled down to Italy to try to work out personal terms with Adrien Rabiot ahead of a probable £15 million deal from Juventus.
United manager Erik ten Hag has been frustrated in his attempts to sign another central midfielder this summer, with the club unable to complete a big-money deal for Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutch international has been largely regarded as ten Hag’s preferred target, but despite months of negotiations, Manchester United is no closer to concluding a deal. To make matters worse, the Mirror claims that Chelsea is now in a pole position to sign de Jong if he decides to quit the Nou Camp this summer.
Manchester United are on the verge of abandoning their pursuit of the former Ajax star, with Rabiot emerging as a genuine target in recent weeks.
According to the Mirror, a contract costing roughly £15 million has already been agreed upon with Juventus for the French international, and United is now negotiating personal conditions.
However, Rabiot’s agent, Veronique – who is also his mother – is a strong negotiator, and the Mirror reports that the players’ camp has made it clear that they would only speak with Murtough and not any intermediary agents.
a difficult task
The publication quotes a Telegraph report that alleges Murtough’s stance has led him to fly to Italy to try to work out personal terms with Rabiot and his mother.
Rabiot, according to the source, is hesitant to join a club that isn’t in the Champions League, thus Murtough will have a difficult problem convincing the midfielder to complete his projected move to Old Trafford.
Man United seek to persuade the 27-year-old that they are still one of the biggest clubs in the world and that he will be guaranteed regular first-team play under ten Hag.
With the World Cup approaching, Rabiot may be enticed by the prospect of regular playing time to assist him to gain a spot in Didier Deschamps’ France squad ahead of Qatar 2022.
Manchester United sorely needs new blood in the middle of the field, as evidenced by their defeat to Brighton on the opening weekend of the new season.
Fred and Scott McTominay were once again massive disappointments, and with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic gone, Manchester United has very little depth in midfield, so ten Hag knows he needs to bring in at least one new signing this month.
Rabiot would be a solid acquisition, and at £15 million, he wouldn’t break the bank, but the Frenchman isn’t on the same level as de Jong, so he wouldn’t be the marquee signing that many supporters are expecting.