Manchester United are reportedly taking “concrete steps” to sign Chelsea target Adrien Rabiot, valued at just €15 million.

A recent report from Calciomercato has offered an update on the future of Adrien Rabiot. The Juventus midfielder is staring at an uncertain future in Turin, with the Italian club hoping to recoup a fee of around €15 million for his services. It has put several clubs on alert including Manchester United.

Newcastle United and Chelsea have been monitoring Rabiot’s situation as well, with the Magpies being linked with a move for the midfielder for months. But it is Manchester United who have taken “concrete steps” to sign the Frenchman ahead of the new season.

Formerly of PSG, Rabiot is rated highly by many clubs across Europe despite his underwhelming performances at Juventus. A central midfielder by trade, the 27-year-old is known for his hard work and aggression in the middle of the park. He is versatile enough to operate in a wider role, making him a well-rounded option in midfield.

Having featured in a combined total of more than 350 matches at Juventus and PSG, Rabiot also offers considerable experience at the highest level of football. It makes him an appealing target for a Manchester United side desperate for reinforcements in the middle of the park.

Chelsea bound? (Photo by Frank Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
Manchester bound? (Photo by Frank Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

The Red Devils have had to deal with the departures of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic this summer, with the latter reuniting with Jose Mourinho at AS Roma. There are also question marks over the quality of their current set of options in Scott McTominay and Fred.

It has accentuated the need for a new central midfielder who can add a bit of freshness and stability to Manchester United’s second line of press. Rabiot fits the bill well, as the Frenchman is a seasoned star, who offers experience and aggression to the table, as well as the winning mentality Manchester United need under Erik ten Hag.

Given what he offers to the table, a fee of just €15 million could make Rabiot an absolute bargain. However, the report suggests Manchester United are finding it difficult to convince the former PSG star to move to Old Trafford in the coming summer, especially amid interest from other top clubs across Europe that can offer UEFA Champions League football, including Chelsea.

With two months remaining until the new season gets underway, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Adrien Rabiot this summer. A duel between Chelsea and Manchester United could be on the cards in the €15 million pursuit of the French international.

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