Everton’s Director of Football Marcel Brands should do all he can to please Carlo Ancelotti by securing a summer swoop for Adrien Rabiot amid claims Juventus are open to selling the midfielder this summer.
According to Calciomercato, Rabiot’s time in Turin could be over at the end of the season after he was offered to Manchester United in exchange for Paul Pogba.
I Bianconeri have proposed a swap deal for the two French midfielders, as they strive to take Pogba back to the Allianz Stadium five-years after his then world-record £89m move to Old Trafford.
Rabiot is being used by the Serie A side as a way to hopefully lowering the Red Devil’s demands for Pogba, as the Paris Saint-Germain product has failed to sweep away all doubts that he is worth his £176,000-per-week contract.
But Manchester United may not be the only destination possible for Rabiot as it is also noted that Everton have submitted an offer, although the terms of the deal are not claimed.
The Italian publication also do not claim knowledge of how much Juventus are demanding for Rabiot, yet what is noted is that Ancelotti is the driving force behind the Toffees’ interest.
Ancelotti is seemingly striving to be reunited with the maestro whom he handed a senior PSG debut to during his time in charge at Les Parc des Princes back in 2012. However, he may face a €30m (£26m) price tag, following previous claims of the Italian’s intent.
It was alleged that Ancelotti had urged Everton to sign Rabiot in the next summer market, while his interest dates back further with reports emerging during the recent winter window and in the previous off-season as well.
It remains to be seen how much Everton offered for Rabiot and how open Juventus are to parting with the 25-year-old, but Ancelotti’s intent to sign the midfielder would appear unquestionable with the relentless links of a potential reunion.
And if Ancelotti is keen to bring Rabiot to Goodison Park, the Toffees should explore the likelihood of a deal, as the French gem – with a TransferMarkt valuation of £29m – could provide his former head coach an upgrade on one of his often-used players, Andre Gomes.
Juventus chiefs may still question Rabiot’s worthiness of his vastly lucrative deal, acquired after joining as a free agent, yet the Old Lady’s manager Andrea Pirlo has not been short with coming forward with praise previously.
“He is a complete player, I have rarely seen someone so strong both physically and technically,” Pirlo told Sky Italia, via quotes by Goal. “He doesn’t even know the potential for improvement he can have, and we work on the mental side of things to make him understand that he is a champion. He is improving game after game.”
Rabiot has outperformed Gomes’ Premier League efforts in a number of areas over his 21 Serie A appearances this season – of which 15 have been starts – as well, with the France international particularly impressive while scoring his second goal of the campaign against SS Lazio on Sunday.
The midfielder’s performance took Rabiot’s averages for ground duels won to 3.8 per game, along with 2.1 successful tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 0.3 key passes and 1.0 shots, per SofaScore.
Gomes has offered Ancelotti just 0.3 shots per Premier League game over his 21 outings (13 starts) this term, while creating 0.4 goalscoring opportunities and winning possession back with 1.5 successful tackles plus 0.4 interceptions.
He also wins fewer ground duels (3.4) per game, and badly let his side down as Everton lost 2-0 at Chelsea on Monday night after delivering a passive performance at Stamford Bridge.
Ancelotti will surely want a more robust operator in his engine room next season, so should absolutely be urging the Toffees transfer supremo Brands to swoop for Rabiot if his Juventus future is as uncertain as it appears.