Carlo Ancelotti could jeopardise Tom Davies’ place in the Everton squad by rivalling Manchester City for the signature of Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
According to Tuttosport, Juventus will listen to offers for the Frenchman at the end of the season as the Serie A giants seek to improve Andrea Pirlo’s playing pick.
The Turin outfit believe that Rabiot’s performances have not been at the standard expected of him when signed as a free agent following his release by Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.
Juve awarded Rabiot a £187,000-per-week, four-year contract upon his arrival, but will look to part company at the midway point for the right fee.
Everton are touted as a likely destination for the 25-year-old as Carlo Ancelotti holds an unwavering fondness for the player, having launched his career at PSG.
Rabiot is expected to attract widespread interest in the next transfer window, although his time with Ancelotti at the Parc des Princes is considered to be a beneficial aspect working in Everton’s favour.
The Everton manager has long been linked with a potential reunion with the midfielder, having reportedly urged the Toffees to meet Juventus’ €30m (£26m) asking price earlier this year.
Manchester City are also said to be keen, however, as Pep Guardiola looks to repeat the success of his move for Joao Cancelo, who has become a crucial part of the Etihad Stadium natives’ charge for the Premier League title.
Much can change between now and the end of the season, but Ancelotti’s fondness for a reunion with Rabiot appears unquestionable given the stream of rumours connecting the midfielder with a move to Everton since the Italian’s arrival on Merseyside.
However, if Juventus are open to selling the Frenchman – who Didier Deschamps claims “has grown so much” and is “no longer the same player” – and Ancelotti does want Rabiot at Everton next season, a deal could jeopardise Davies’ long-term role at Goodison Park.
Reports by ESPN last month suggested that Ancelotti considers Rabiot’s profile to be what he is looking for in a potential upgrade on Andre Gomes, as the 25-year-old can play anywhere in midfield and has the physicality to match the Premier League’s demands.
Gomes has often played a bit-part role in the Toffees’ top-flight efforts this term, although he has established a place for himself in recent weeks, with starts in eight of the team’s last nine games.
Ancelotti also favoured Gomes beside Allan for the FA Cup quarter-final loss to Manchester City prior to the international break, while leaving Davies – who had started five of Everton’s last nine league games – as an unused substitute.
The potential arrival of Rabiot could jeopardise Davies’ place at Goodison Park, with Gomes falling to a backup role and the academy graduate likely left looking for a new club.
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