Adrien Rabiot sent Carlo Ancelotti a statement of intent with his performance against SS Lazio on Saturday, but Everton have been dealt a potential blow in their hopes of signing the Juventus midfielder.
That’s according to agent and Premier League specialist Vincenzo Morabito, who told Tuttosport over the weekend that he doubts Rabiot will be leaving the Allianz Stadium at the end of the season.
Everton had been linked with a potential move to sign the Frenchman in the summer market, with Ancelotti said to be urging the Goodison Park natives to pay the Old Lady’s €30m (£26m) valuation in order to be reunited with the Paris Saint-Germain product.
Ancelotti was in charge at Les Parc des Princes when Rabiot made his first-team breakthrough at 17-years-old back in 2012, while the £176,000-per-week midfielder has since gone on to win six Ligue 1 titles, 1 Serie A crown and four Coupe de France honours.
The Italian tactician now appeared intent on being joined by Rabiot at Goodison Park in the off-season, having also been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old during the recent winter market as well as the previous summer window.
But whether Ancelotti gets to call on the 11-cap France international next season remains to be seen, with Morabito pouring cold on a potential split with Juventus, despite adding to speculation of a rival Premier League suitor.
“The Frenchman is on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City goal list. But he will not leave Juventus,” the super-agent claimed.
Rabiot made his 32nd appearance of the season in all competitions as Juventus beat Lazio 3-1 on Saturday, with the midfielder scoring I Bianconeri’s first of the day to equalise for Andrea Pirlo after Joaquin Correa broke the deadlock inside the opening quarter of an hour.
Rabiot had only scored once this season before Simone Inzaghi’s side visited the Allianz, netting Juve’s third in a 4-1 win over newly-promoted Spezia Calcio in November. The former Manchester City trainee, who left England in 2009, also boasts two assists.
Morabito’s views on Rabiot’s future may come as a blow to Ancelotti in his alleged hopes of being reunited with the midfielder at Everton, but the 6 ft 2 maestro’s performance against Lazio will have only strengthened any desires to forge a successful pursuit this summer.
The midfielder achieved his second-best SofaScore match rating for a Serie A fixture since joining Juventus in 2019 by earning a 7.7 out of 10 on Saturday, only in his side’s 1-1 draw with Lazio in November 2020 has Rabiot performed to a higher grade (8/10).
Rabiot scored so well compared to his previous efforts thanks to producing a resolute defensive showing alongside his goal, with four successful tackles from five attempts – no player for either side won possession in a challenge more often.
He further won the ball back with three clearances and won five of his eight ground duels, while midfield teammate Aaron Ramsey lost five of his seven contests before being replaced in the 70th-minute.
Rabiot has averaged 4.3 ground duels won per game in the Serie A this season and with a 57% success rate, alongside 2.8 successful tackles and 0.3 clearances. The Saint-Maurice-born talent also took more touches (67) against Lazio than he has per game (50.2) this term.
If Rabiot is able to replicate his Lazio showcase from here until the end of the season, Juventus could find it hard to listen to offers. But doing so may also increase Ancelotti’s intent on securing a reunion.
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