Last summer, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti wanted to make drastic changes to the squad. His priority was to improve the quality of a stale and midfield and bring players who can add energy and stability. The laggard midfield was one of the main reasons for a poor finish to 2019-20 season. The summer bred a lot of transfer links with a long list of midfielders getting associated with a move to Merseyside.
There were strong mentions of Adrien Rabiot. The French midfielder had just moved to Juventus on a free transfer in 2019 after an ugly divorce with PSG. While there were never questions on his quality, scepticism on his attitude and desire were justified based on the previous events in Paris.
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Under Maurizio Sarri, the midfielder didn’t have an extended role in the team. In opportunities that he did get, Rabiot did an average job. This gave rise to exit links over the summer despite Sarri sacking. Everton were highly interested in Rabiot’s services as Carlo Ancelotti hoped to reunite with the Frenchman who he gave a break at PSG and was able to extract the best out of him in a short time.
The Toffees needed technically skilled midfielder capable of taking charge in midfield and Rabiot was a viable candidate. However, Everton and Ancelotti didn’t have their wish granted as Juve stuck with the 25 year old. The failure to sign Rabiot last summer saw Everton sign Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan. However, it appears that the Italian manager’s desire to bring the former PSG man to Goodison hasn’t subsided yet.
Everton still interested in Adrien Rabiot
According to France Football (via Sport Witness), Rabiot and Ancelotti could reunite at Merseyside soon. The former Real Madrid manager wants to add more steel to the midfield and admires the 25 year old. As per the report, Ancelotti would be ready to spend in excess of €30 million to acquire the services of Rabiot of Juventus.
Everton want to please Ancelotti and if signing Rabiot does the job then the club will surely look into that possibility. Andrea Pirlo has been optimistic about Rabiot but the Frenchman will have to show his A-game or doubts will continue to arise.
Rabiot at 25 still has time to improvise and develop further. In the past, Ancelotti in the past has been able to provide him with the right counsel that has shaped him into a quality laden midfielder. If reunification does take place, Everton will have a talented midfielder in their ranks and Rabiot can have the taste of the Premier League. Links have started to emerge and they can amplify quickly as we move towards the summer.
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