Arsenal talking to French starlet

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Adrien Rabiot, with reports from RMC claiming that Paris Saint-Germain have given them permission to talk to the midfielder.

The silky French playmaker has been linked with the Gunners for some time, but the Ligue 1 champions have always remained adamant that the 19-year-old will not be sold.

However with contract talks with the teenager having stalled, their stance has altered.

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Rabiot is now in the final year of his current deal and is desperate to play regularly.

PSG want to keep him, but a lack of first-team guarantees have swayed the youngster towards a move.

Even though he is highly-rated, a number of experienced midfielders are currently blocking his path into the starting XI, which is a source of frustration.

The Parisians are keen to get some cash in for their man rather than let him leave for free, with Arsenal ready to pay their £5.6m demands.

Rabiot is a left-footed creative midfielder, who has long been dubbed one for French football’s future stars.