Tottenham set to beat Arsenal to midfield starlet

Tottenham are on the verge of winning the race for highly-rated Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports from Il Tempo.

The 19-year-old playmaker is one of European football’s top teenagers, and has been attracting serious interest from the likes of Arsenal and Roma throughout 2014.

It was thought, however, that he would be staying in Paris after penning a new contract recently, yet reports now suggest that this was merely a move designed to increase his transfer value.

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Rabiot’s initial deal was due to expire at the end of the season which would have made him a cut-price option in January, but PSG acted to hand him more money and boost their chances of a lucrative sale.

It’s now understood that Spurs have all but won the race – PSG are willing to offload the youngster – after convincing his mother, Veronique, that north London is the best destination for the starlet.

Sporting director Franco Baldini is believed to have been key in the deal, which has angered Roma, who have lost out on the likes of Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen thanks to their former employee’s efforts at White Hart Lane.

Rabiot is rumoured to be keen to leave the Parc des Princes, with his first-team opportunities under manager Laurent Blanc having been limited of late.