Report: Man Utd want to sign £34m star for free, ten Hag admires him a lot

MONZA, ITALY - JULY 31: Adrien Rabiot of Juventus FC looks on during the AC Monza v Juventus FC - Trofeo Berlusconi at Stadio Brianteo on July 31, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)


   According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Manchester United have initiated interest in signing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer. 

The Frenchman has long piqued the curiosity of the Red Devils, who were initially eager to recruit him in the summer of 2022. A disagreement over personal terms caused the trade to collapse at the last hurdle, despite manager Erik ten Hag’s desire to add him to Old Trafford to strengthen his midfield.

According to Calciomercato, Man United may consider pursuing a second chance to acquire his services. Rabiot’s current contract with the Bianconeri expires at the end of June, and it has been reported that talks over a new, long-term contract have come to a halt between Juventus and the player’s mother Veronique and agent.

Aside from the Red Devils, Newcastle United are also mentioned as contenders to sign the 29-year-old star, who has the dream of playing in the Premier League.

Unlikely deal

Rabiot was one of Ten Hag’s primary targets in the summer transfer window of 2022. After a phone call from the management, the £34 million star was persuaded to join the team, but the club refused to pay his salary demands. After the setback, Rabiot made the decision to stay, which has ended up being a godsend for him.

Rabiot, who played as a no. 8 last season, finished with 11 goals and 6 assists. Despite having four temporary ailments this season, he has four goals and three assists. United is apparently making another attempt to sign him, but it remains to be seen if ten Hag will be given the go-ahead for a trade.

United’s board were not convinced over the player last time around which was the reason why his wage requirements were not met. With a new management at the helm under Sir Jim Ratcliffe, they could be reluctant to sign the 29-year-old. The onus could be on signing players for the future over a stop-gap signing for the next few seasons.

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