Report: Chelsea set to rival PL giants for seven-time league champion £17m midfielder

Chelsea are reportedly interested in plotting a move for Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot.

According to L’Equipe, the 27-year-old has asked to leave the Serie A club, with the Blues joining Manchester United in the race for his services.

The Frenchman has been with the Old Lady since 2019, following a highly successful period with PSG.

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He helped the Parisian side win the league six times, adding to Serie A glory in his first season with the club.

His importance to his club sides has seen him feature 29 times for his country since 2016, being part of the successful Nations League victory in 2021.

However, with only a year remaining on his contract, the Juventus man is reportedly keen on a new challenge, with Premier League clubs vying for an opportunity of securing his services.

L’Equipe suggests the Blues are set to rival fellow top four contenders Manchester United for the signing, with the Serie A side setting an asking price between £13-£17m, no doubt intriguing the wealthier sides in Europe.

The news comes with Chelsea at a tipping point in terms of their midfield. Despite the quality of Jorginho, N’golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, rumours of the first two potentially on the move could see a need for investment.

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For the price Juventus are asking for, Chelsea will be under no financial constraints to get the deal done.

The Blues may be keen to secure options in midfield this summer even if some of their big names don’t leave, with them all either already at or approaching 30 years of age.

Rabiot has more than enough experience of winning things, fitting into a Chelsea team who are used to collecting silverware.

Whether he has the qualities to be a regular starter in England is yet to be seen however, with the club likely to be wary of Saul Niguez’s struggles when signing top names with a lack of Prem experience.

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.