There have been some Arsenal transfer rumours over the last few days that suggested that the deal to bring the young French midfielder Adrien Rabiot from PSG to Arsenal was all but done and dusted. However, it now seems that this is not quite the case, because his current club are demanding much more than Arsene Wenger wanted to pay for their talented player.
According to a Daily Star report, the French champions are demanding a massive £24 million fee for Rabiot, despite the 19-year old having entered the final year of his contract with them. So Wenger knows that he could possibly sign the central midfielder for nothing next summer, but that would leave Arsenal a bit light in midfield for another season unless we go for someone else, with Newcastle United’s Chieck Tiote being mentioned as an alternative.
Maybe PSG are playing tough because they know that we cannot really afford to wait, with the injury to Mikel Arteta sharpening our minds. There is no doubt that their asking price is too high, because of the contract issue, but if Wenger feels that Rabiot is the right player to add the energy and steel that we have missed in midfield, and his stats and videos on Youtube suggest that he is, should we not just cough up the cash?