An update has emerged on Newcastle United target Adrien Rabiot, regarding Juventus’ plans for him going forward.
The report claims that the Italian giants are looking to sell him in the next window and could accept an offer as low as €10m (£8.5m) for the ex-PSG man.
Eddie Howe has inherited a Newcastle team in a difficult position in the Premier League. The Magpies are 19th in the table and are the only side in the division yet to win a match, which is why the January transfer window could be the difference between staying up and heading straight back down to the Championship at the end of the season.
The signing of Rabiot could be a potential game-changer for Howe as he could transform his midfield with the talented beast. He has proven himself as he caught the eye with PSG in Ligue 1 previously in his career and could provide a huge lift to the team.
In his final five seasons for the club, the holding midfielder averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.11 or higher, whilst making at least 3.2 tackles and interceptions per game on average in each season. He has also shown off his ability to pass the ball, with a carer average pass completion rate of 89.9% – playing for PSG, Juventus and France.
Ex-Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo previously called him ‘complete’, saying: “He is a complete player, I have rarely seen someone so strong both physically and technically.”
Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon once compared him to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, saying: “He is a fantastic mix, he has the physical strength of Pogba, who is like a wardrobe, has the personality of Vidal and potentially the dynamism of Marchisio. He is incredible, extremely strong.”
Meanwhile, no Newcastle midfielder has averaged a WhoScored rating higher than 6.53 – a dismal score in comparison to the 7.11 or higher Rabiot was hitting in France. This suggests that he could be a major addition to the side and transform their midfield by bringing a consistently high level of quality to the team with his ability to win the ball back and retain it with his excellent passing.
Howe must now ensure that he can get a deal over the line for the Frenchman in the January window and pounce on this opportunity Juventus are seemingly set to hand them.