Newcastle United transfer target Adrien Rabiot has commented on speculation over his future at Juventus…
What’s the talk?
The Magpies are reportedly looking into a deal to sign the French international, with the Italian giants said to be keen on cashing in on him in January. Juventus are reportedly wanting a fee in the region of £8.5m for his services.
However, Rabiot appears keen to remain at the Serie A club as he reaffirmed his loyalty following France’s win over Kazakhstan.
Newcastle fans will surely be gutted by this statement from Rabiot as it suggests that he is not interested in leaving Juventus in the upcoming transfer window. Instead of a non-committal ‘wait and see’ answer, the midfielder was pretty clear in saying that he sees his future with the Italian club and that could leave fas concerned that he will not be arriving at St. James’ Park any time soon.
Rabiot is an experienced player at the top level and could be a terrific signing for Eddie Howe. The 26-year-old has racked up well over 250 appearances playing for Juventus, PSG, and France over the years, recently scoring his first goal for his country.
Last season, he averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.90 in the Serie A for Juventus as he played 34 games, producing four goals and two assists from the holding midfield role. Across his career, he has averaged 3.3 tackles and interceptions per game, showing that he is adept at winning the ball back for his side despite playing in dominant teams.
This suggests that he could be a fine fit for the Newcastle squad, as he could win possession back in his own half and allow the likes of Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson to work their magic in the final third without defensive constraints.
Therefore, fans will surely be disappointed with his comments as they appear to dampen any chance Newcastle have to sign him. He may still be forced to make a decision if Juventus attempt to push him out of the door, but he could make the situation more complicated if he refuses to leave – ending the possibility of him playing in a Magpies shirt this season.