Arsenal could be on the verge of completing the fifth transfer of the summer in the next few days. The player in question is the 19-year old central midfielder Adrien Rabiot who plays for PSG and the France under 21 international side.
Normally, with the amount of money available to them, getting a player from the French champions would only be possible for Arsenal if they were keen on selling, but it seems as though the FFP rules and sanctions from UEFA may be starting to bite on PSG a little bit, which may be why the manager Laurent Bland has revealed, in a Metro report, that there is little he can do to stop the club selling Rabiot.
Blanc said, “I want Adrien Rabiot to remain in Paris.
“The decision is not mine, he might leave the club. [But] he has had an offer to extend his contract with PSG.”
They know that he will be able to leave for nothing next summer and they cannot afford to lose good players for nothing when they have to somehow try to balance the books a little better. And with central midfielders like Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Veratti in the squad, they are pretty well covered. The fact that Blanc is talking about him leaving says to me that a transfer could be close and, as far as I know, Arsenal are the only club seriously linked with the youngster at the minute.