Manchester United prepare to make transfer offer for Juventus midfielder – no thanks!

Manchester United are reportedly one of the three Premier League clubs interested in signing Juventus midfielder Adrian Rabiot According to Calciomercato, also reported by The Sun. The 25-year-old seems to be on the move again just over a year after singing for the Old Lady, leaving Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent and of the perception of some, under a cloud. The player just does not seem to settle at a club so what would be different if he came to the Premier League?

The French midfielder has made just 34 appearances for Juventus this season, scoring one solitary goal, playing 2,245 minute of football for Maurizio Sarri’s side, who will become the Serie A champions once again this season with a victory over Sampdoria on Sunday evening. It is suggested by the Italian news source that the club is willing to listen to offers for the 25-year-old this summer, which does not look like a good sign, in my opinion at least.

This has apparently left United wondering whether to get involved in the begging with the Italian side looking for big offers for the player. It makes me wonder whether the player is actually worth it. I mean, if he was unable to make an impact at Juventus, would he really cut it as a big club? At Paris Saint-Germain, he was hardly that player that you would build a team around and spent a lot of time sulking and getting his mother, who is also his agent, to get things moving. Not a good look.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will require some reinforcement in the midfield this summer but I would personally look further afield of Rabiot. It is suggested in The Sun that potential suitors for the player could be paying in excess of £27.3 million this summer, which is a lot of money to spend on a player who does not look like he is committing to any contract that he signs with PSG the only club he stayed the length of his contract at. It is stated that both Everton and Newcastle United are intreated in the player too, perhaps he’s more their level, mid-table clubs with little ambition.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti wants a marquee signing this summer and for me, Rabiot does not suggest that but for a smaller club that just aims to remain in the Premier League each season, I guess it could well be marquee. Who am I to judge anyway? It just seems very small fry. United would be better making a move for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, who would be a much better option. Solskjaer will know this. United don’t want whiny players who sulk and get their mother’s involved with their problems, even if she is his agent, it seems pretty pathetic.

I don’t rate Rabiot. He did look exciting in Paris but that seemed to end rather quickly. At Juventus, his inability to pull punch and play to the best of his abilities to hold down a place in the team makes me think that he would do nothing but regress at United. Of course, if he signs for a smaller club, more of a big fish in a small pond, it could look much better for him. United should only be interested in players that will raise the quality level in the squad and not play silly games. For this reason, which is my personal opinion, Solskjaer should avoid Rabiot like the plague.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United midfield target ‘goes on strike’ at Juventus to force move – reports

Adrien Rabiot has reportedly gone on striker at Juventus over having his wages slashed by around £7 million, according to reports. It was reported on Sunday that the French midfielder had not been in contact with the Italian club ahead of their return to training this week, suggesting that he would try to force a move away from the club.

Rabiot left Paris Saint-Germain last summer as a free agent, despite being linked to United at the time, signing for Juventus instead. However, he failed to cement his position in Maurizio Sarri’s side and now seems to be upset because the coronavirus pandemic, which suspended world football has nor resulted in a pay cut.

The player was reportedly on £28 million during his contract at the club, seemingly losing a quarter of that because of the virus. Rabiot is one of a number of Juventus players that returned to their native countries before lockdown because of the coronavirus and a return to Italy would result in 14-days quarantine with the country seeking to keep the virus out.

Juventus teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Turin a week ago ahead of training and he will not be likely to meet up with his teammates until some point next week, if he has been given the all clear. According to Italian news source, La Stampa, Rabiot has defied his clubs demands on the advice of his agent, who is also his mother.

Back in March, Juventus players agreed on a wage deferral, but this is something that Rabiot is still upset about, seemingly money being the main interest and not the fact that the poor around Europe are facing even worse financial problems, perhaps a suggestion of the players greed and desire to always be at the top of the table.

It would seem that wherever Rabiot plays his football, there is controversy not always far away. He seemingly left PSG under a cloud, with bad feeling involved in his departure and now a year later, the 25-year-old is still not happy. Granted, he may want to move to overcome his wage problems but football is not the same as it was a year ago.

United may need to find a new midfielder this summer, if Paul Pogba leaves the club but do they want to bring in a player, who in the past two summers, has been unhappy, only for the same to possibly happen in a year’s time? Rabiot has not really achieved anything in football yet and it is still unknown as to whether he can stick it at one club.

At PSG, he won the Ligue 1 five times, the Coupe de France four times, the Coupe de la Ligue five times and the Trophée des Champions four times, but he does not come across as a player that will be a difference in a team. Granted, that might happen if he is given the chance to cement himself in the team, but he might have been given that chance already.

If Pogba leaves United this summer, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred will most likely play the majority of matches with Nemanja Matic filling in from time to time in rotation and/or as a substitute. James Garner and Dylan Levitt could also be given chances. If Rabiot wants United, he will need to knuckle down or he will fail and I don’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign players that could be problematic.

Manchester United offered two players by Juventus to bring down Paul Pogba’s price – reports

Manchester United have reportedly been offered Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot by Juventus for Paul Pogba in a bid to try and bring down United’s selling price for the French World Cup winner. Presumably, the Italian club would be offering money for the player also, as I do not think this would be a great move considering the money spent on Pogba.

The Frenchman signed for United in the summer of 2016 with the club then led by Jose Mourinho. It is safe to say that the seemingly unfinished business that Pogba had at United, after leaving as a free agent in the summer of 2012 will remain unfinished if the player is allowed to leave the club this summer, which seems likely based on reports.

Last summer, United were asking £150 million for Pogba, who was being courted by both Real Madrid and Juventus, however, it is reported that the Spanish side have pulled out of the race to sign the player based on the financial limitations that the coronavirus pandemic would implicate on the game for the foreseeable future.

It has been reported over the past few weeks that Juventus would like the player to return to the club and reports have suggested that players such as Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa could be offered to United. One report suggested that former Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey would be offered and seemingly has, along with Adrien Rabiot.

Ramsey was a player that was wanted by United some years ago with the Welshman choosing Arsenal instead. Nearing the age of 30, it is questionable as to whether he would be seen as a player that would be well-received by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is trying to overhaul his squad to get them challenging for the Premier League title again.

Rabiot was linked to the Old Trafford club this week with reports suggesting that the French midfielder, who signed for Juventus as a free agent last summer, like Ramsey, did not want to return to the Italian club after the coronavirus pandemic with players in Italy returning to training from today, getting ready for the continuation of the Serie A season.

Despite Solskjaer recently talking about the link up between Pogba and January signing, Bruno Fernandes, which could actually happen this season, if Project Restart actually happens, which will be known in a week’s time but after that, it might be something resigned to the past. Pogba’s stay at the Theatre of Dreams could be over this summer.

Four years ago, Pogba returned to United, stating that he was ‘back home’ and that this club was his ‘destiny’. In my opinion, despite a handful of good performances and those who have an agenda talking about his individual achievements for the club last season, I am not too convinced that Pogba wanted to return to United, let alone stay at the club.

The player could have reignited his career at United, partly down to the clubs failings and also down to the player himself. I get the feeling that it is only a matter of time before Mino Raiola takes his client elsewhere again and Pogba starts to light up world football again. It looks clear right now that United is not Pogba’s ‘destiny’ or ‘his home’. We shall see.

Manchester United target ‘refuses to return to Juventus after lockdown’ – reports

Adrien Rabiot has reportedly refused to return to Juventus after the coronavirus-imposed lockdown has ended, prompting rumours that the French midfielder is trying to orchestrate a move away from the club this summer. Manchester United have been heavily linked to the 25-year-old and have watched him on numerous occasions.

The Italian Government has given the go ahead for all Serie A clubs to return to training from Monday 11 May 2020 and a number of Rabiot’s teammates have returned to Turin ahead of the return. Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly returned to Italy last week and will have to spend 14 days inn quarantine after his return from Madeira.

Spanish news source, Sport has reported that Rabiot has not even been in contact with Juventus so they do not know if or when he will be back. The 25-year-old joined the Old Lady as a free agent last summer and still has three-years remaining on his contract. His future could be up in the air after failing to cement his place in Maurizio Sarri’s squad.

The French midfielder made a total of 24 appearances for Juventus during the 2019/20 season, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football, not scoring or assisting a single goal and playing 1,550 minutes of football. He operates as a central midfielder and ‘combines good technique with impressive physical qualities’.

United have many midfielders at the club at this moment in time with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic, not to mention James Garner and Dylan Levitt, who are both coming through the clubs academy. However, if one midfielder left the club this summer, there would be a space in the squad.

With the fact that Juventus want to re-sign Pogba this summer, it is suggested that Rabiot could be included in a possible deal. However, United will need to ensure they do not add more deadwood to their squad and if they choose to sell Pogba, they should opt to cash only, possibly purchasing Rabiot as a separate deal.

United have been linked with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa and Miralem Panic in possible deals which would see Pogba return to the club he left United for the first time, with most of those players not actually fitting in with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youth policy and would probably end up pushing United in the wrong direction again.

United need to remember that they call the shots at this moment in time. They should not let a buying club define everything, as they have Pogba for another year and have the option to add a further year onto his contract – this puts them in control of the situation and they should be targeting the player that would fit into Solskjaer’s plans.

Rabiot is a player that United have held an interest in for more than just a year but the player seemingly did nothing to get United to hone in on purchasing him and as he was unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain, leaving as a free agent and not yet one year later, seems unhappy again and is seeking to leave. Could he be the player United needs at this time?

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