Rabiot Shining After Premier League Transfer Collapsed

Adrien Rabiot broke the deadlock in the Derby d’Italia with a highly technical finish. He has hit the net five times this season, which is already a career-best for him, and there’s more than half of the schedule left.

The Frenchman was on the verge of leaving in the summer, as Juventus accepted Manchester United’s offer, but the parties couldn’t come to terms on the wages. Coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed a tidbit about the proposed move (via Corriere dello Sport).

“I told him that, if he was happy to go, he should do it, but also that we hold him in high regard here and that I still considered a great player with room for improvement. He’s mature and had an extraordinary showing, putting himself at disposal of the team.”

According to Alfredo Pedullà, Juventus are in a bind when it comes to Rabiot. His contract expires at the end of the season. It would be hurtful to lose him for nothing, but his salary is very high. Therefore, his sale will be a topic of conversation in January. Premier League clubs wouldn’t have trouble spending a small fee to get him despite the situation.

Our Take on Rabiot

It took him four seasons, but the 27-year-old is finally putting it all together. In reality, his level of performance has rarely been a major issue, aside from when he was playing out of position, but it had to be graded on a different scale, since he earns like a top player, which he isn’t. The Bianconeri surely can’t match what he asked to Manchester United. They will have to hope he’s comfortable enough to take a pay cut to re-up, but that seems unlikely.

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