Juventus agree to sell Adrien Rabiot to Manchester United, with personal terms still to be discussed; former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Rabiot is in the final year of his Juventus contract; Manchester United also reportedly remain confident of signing Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
There is still work to do until the deal is complete, with personal terms still need to be negotiated with his agent and mother Veronique.
Rabiot – who joined Juventus as a free agent in the summer of 2019, is in the final year of his contract and has fallen out of favour at the Italian giants.
Juventus are satisfied with letting Rabiot, who has only one year left on his contract, leave the club this summer.
United’s primary midfield transfer target this summer has been Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, but they have been keeping alternative options “warm” after being frustrated in their pursuit of the midfielder.
Rabiot had a brief spell in the academy of Manchester City before turning professional at Paris Saint-Germain in his homeland a decade ago.
He made 227 appearances and won five league titles at PSG before joining Juventus three years ago. Rabiot started 28 matches in Serie A last season.
Meanwhile, United also remain confident of signing striker Marko Arnautovic from Bologna, according to Sky in Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio.
United had a bid of around £7.6m (€9m) euros for Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic rejected over the weekend, Sky in Italy reported.
The former West Ham and Stoke forward has got 43 Premier League goals to his name, following a six-year spell in the top-flight.
After spending two years in China with Shanghai Port, Arnautovic returned to Europe last year and has scored 15 goals in 34 games for Bologna.
United’s interest in the Austrian could be explained by his previous connection to Steve McClaren, who is one of Ten Hag’s assistants at Old Trafford.
Arnautovic was playing for FC Twente when McClaren took charge of the Eredivisie club in the summer of 2008 and became a regular in the side. Ten Hag also spent time as McClaren’s No 2 in the Netherlands.