Manchester United could end their interest in Adrien Rabiot as they are unwilling to match the French midfielder’s financial demands.
According to ESPN, Manchester United could halt their pursuit of Adrien Rabiot following excessive financial demands from the 27-year-old midfielder and his camp. The Red Devils will focus on alternatives, with Real Madrid enforcer Casemiro linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s whirlwind around signing a new midfielder continues, and the latest developments in their pursuit of a new arrival suggests they are backing away from one possible deal. The name of Adrien Rabiot was sung in the corridors of Old Trafford in the past couple of weeks, but there has been no significant movement yet.
While Manchester United quickly agreed on a fee with Juventus for the 27-year-old midfielder, the English giants have not managed to get personal terms in place for the French international. Upon Manchester United’s negotiations with his mother and agent Veronique, the former PSG man has deliberated about moving to Old Trafford.
It was reported that Rabiot asked for over €10 million per season in wages, which took Manchester United by surprise. Having chased Frenkie de Jong for around three months, many hoped Rabiot could be an imminent arrival.
Adrien Rabiot’s salary requests are considered crazy by Man United. Discussions are now in total stand-by, could only change in case Rabiot changes his mind. ??? #MUFC
Man Utd won’t change salary bid made to Rabiot. Up to him, as board’s already exploring other options. ⤵️ https://t.co/BpeMDxa0fu
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 16, 2022
Instead, his wage demands have compelled Manchester United to halt proceedings, and as things stand, they are already looking at alternatives to the French international. Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has been linked in the last few days and is considered open to joining the Red Devils.
The Brazilian and five-time UEFA Champions League winner will draw a mammoth salary if he were to move, but in Casemiro, Manchester United will get a formidable player. Whether he suits what Erik ten Hag wants remains a question, but he would undoubtedly uplift the spirits at the club, which are at rock bottom at the moment.
As for Rabiot, he is unwanted at Juventus, who have been surprised at the interest from Manchester United. Having readily accepted a fee for the 27-year-old midfielder, the Bianconeri will be disappointed at the prospect of seeing this deal collapse in the aftermath of Rabiot’s financial demands.
Manchester United are already feeling the pinch of the shrinking transfer window, and they hope to bring in quality reinforcements before the end of the month. As things stand, it looks difficult to see them sign very good players, as few are left in the current market.