Report: Chelsea may miss out, as club eye up swap deal for their £17m midfielder

It is being reported Chelsea could be forced out of the running for the signing of Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot.

According to Calcio Mercato, the Old Lady are looking at Real Betis as a more suitable destination for the 27-year-old, as they look themselves at a potential deal for William Carvalho.

Rabiot has seven league titles to his name already, mostly down to a dominant spell with PSG, where he was part of the league winning team six out of seven times.

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The Frenchman joined Juventus in 2019, for whom he has made 129 appearances, including 45 in all competitions last season.

With only a year left on his contract, rumours began swirling that a move elsewhere was on the cards, with a fee of around £17m being discussed as enough to take the France international out of Turin.

It had been reported that Chelsea were one of several Premier League sides interested in striking a deal for the Frenchman, however Calcio Mercato are suggesting the Italian side are looking to Spain to get the deal done.

They claim the reason for this is a desire to bring in Carvalho from Betis, who it is suggested may move closer to leaving Manuel Pellegrini’s side if the Spaniard’s invest in that area.

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The Portugal international also has only 12 months left on his contract, and the report suggests could be seen as a potential piece on a swap deal between the two clubs.

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Chelsea would be better off utilising Conor Gallagher than potentially risking unrest to sign a midfielder who hardly impressed throughout last season.

Gallagher excelled for Crystal Palace last season, and has already been on the radar of other Premier League clubs, although it has been suggested he will be given a chance to break into the plans at Stamford Bridge.

The England international could even provide Thomas Tuchel the foundations to alter his formation, with it being claimed he could partner Mason Mount as part of a new-look midfield for the Blues.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.