Is Adrien Rabiot headed to Everton?

Juventus are known as the king of free transfers and have enough evidence to support that notion. Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Dani Alves have turned out to be charismatic free acquisitions. However, the recent free arrival of Adrien Rabiot hasn’t gone down too well with the Turin based outfit as they are now looking to part ways with the Frenchman after just one year.

Firstly, let’s recall how Rabiot arrived at Allianz Stadium. After going AWOL for months at PSG and missing first-team training sessions, then PSG coach Unai Emery had decided to drop Rabiot from the team. Without playing a single competitive fixture in over six months, Rabiot arrived in Turin. Questions were already raised on his attitude and desire to play at the highest level. Maurizio Sarri took over Juve but was never too keen on using Rabiot as a first-team player. This was evident in his team selection as the Frenchman only managed a total of 20 appearances so far. From being one of the hottest and most wanted players in Europe, chased by teams like Barcelona, he went onto becoming an unwanted bench-warmer in Turin. Juventus are not impressed with his work rate or with his aspiration to succeed at the club and want to sell him to reduce €7 million a year from their wage budget.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Adrien Rabiot could well be headed to the Premier League with Everton and Manchester United as preferred destinations. Carlo Ancelotti wants to improve the midfield and Rabiot could possibly be an option. There’s no doubt about the player’s technical and physical skills, but Everton needs to remain cautious about his attitude. The former PSG man presents a strong case but complications remain.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin has spent more time on the sidelines then he has on the field anchoring the midfield. An Achilles tendon injury has now put him out of action for the rest of 2020. Morgan Schneiderlin has not impressed Ancelotti and the Italian is open to selling him in the upcoming transfer window. Fabian Delph, a two-time Premier League winner at Manchester City, has failed to transpire the match-winning inspiration into the Everton locker room. Considering these aspects, Everton might venture into the market to sign Adrien Rabiot.

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However, the question: Will Adrien Rabiot consider any wage cuts? Judging from past contractual vicissitudes, the Frenchman isn’t a fan of accepting any monetary reductions in his contract. While a transfer to Goodison Park is a good shout, Everton would have their work cut out in making Rabiot agree to a deal less than €7 million a year.

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