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Wenger Wants PSG Starlet But Spurs Also Keen
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on signing Paris Saint Germain youngster Adrien Rabiot but will have to fend off interest from Spurs, according to reports.
The 18-year-old has become one of the hottest properties in France after breaking into the PSG first team last season, and he’s racked up 11 appearances so far this campaign – although many have come from the subs bench.
The Daily Star claim that Wenger has been scouting the youngster for several months with the boss understood to be determined to bring him to the Emirates either in January or next summer.
Rabiot is already a French under-21 international but he’s hinted he may be forced to seek a move away from the star-studded PSG squad in order to get regular first team football and put himself in contention for a senior call-up.
“I think if you can play in this PSG team you can play in the French senior national team,”
“In the current situation, it is a bit early. I have two caps with the Under-21′s, one should not rush, but I do not think I’m very, very far away.
“However, there is still work to do. There are many players in front of me.
“In football, things can change very quickly. It’s hard to say that I will stay four or five years in this club.
“If my future is elsewhere because of players in front of me, then it must be so.” Rabiot is quoted as saying by the Star
Big-spending PSG have a wealth of talent in their squad and with their lavish spending not likely to subside any time soon, Rabiot could find himself out in the cold and looking for a move in the near future and it appears Arsenal will be heading the queue of interested clubs.
However, the report also states that Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is sniffing around the talented midfielder and the Portuguese coach is plotting a January bid to try and gazump us, so Wenger may be forced into action sooner than he had anticipated.
This isn’t the first time Spurs have come in for one of our targets and it won’t be the last. The good thing is we can not only offer players like Rabiot Champions League football – which Spurs can’t – but Wenger’s French influence should also sway things in our favour.