Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot is set to rule out a move to the Premier League by signing a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain, according to Canal+.
Unai Emery has led Arsenal valiantly since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, with the Gunners winning nine consecutive matches across all competitions, but his plan to raid his former employers for a midfield target is set to fail.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a swoop for PSG’s France international Rabiot but Canal+ report his future is set to be secured by the French champions, with the 23-year-old penning a contract that will extend his spell by at least three seasons.
Rabiot was due to become a free agent at the end of the season but has had considerable faith placed upon him by Thoms Tuchel in the French capital, which has led him to reevaluate his future with the Ligue 1 side.
With Aaron Ramsey’s future at the Emirates Stadium up in the air, a move for Adrien Rabiot made sense for Arsenal as the 23-year-old could have been available for a cut-price fee in January due to his contract situation.
However, Rabiot would not have been a direct replacement for the Wales international as he is more defensively-minded than the 27-year-old, and that raises questions as to where he would fit into a squad who already boast Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and Mohamed Elneny.
A better option would be 25-year-old Rabiot’s club teammate Julian Draxler – who was often linked with the club during Arsene Wenger’s reign – who could compete with Mesut Ozil for a starting spot in the No.10 role or out wide, and signing him may be more straightforward seeing as he has only played a bit-part role so far this term.