Fabrizio Romano dispelled a myth about Erik ten Hag’s pursuit of Adrien Rabiot after one hurdle was cleared, and the midfield arrivals could quickly swell to two, per reports.
Manchester United have forged an agreement with Juventus to sign France international, Adrien Rabiot. Confirmation of that hurdle being cleared came on Monday, though the Guardian have since shed light on the numbers involved.
They state an initial £15m will be paid if the deal goes through. However, that is far from a guarantee at present given personal terms with the 27-year-old are yet to be agreed.
On that front, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reported United are in ‘direct contact’ with Rabiot and his mother, Veronique.
Veronique doubles up as Rabiot’s agent and advisor and according to European football expert, Kevin Hatchard, may bring even more drama to Old Trafford than her son.
Regardless, Ten Hag is described as ‘personally involved’ in negotiations and if personal terms can be settled, the deal looks straightforward.
Rabiot pursuit not spur of the moment
Rabiot being linked to Man Utd did come as a shock to some with the sudden twist drawing criticism from certain sections of the United fanbase.
The move had the look of a scattergun approach from Ten Hag and co and appeared to come out of the blue. However, according to Romano, the opposite is true.
The trusted source noted United have had Rabiot on their list of midfield targets ‘for weeks’.
News of their interest only broke over the weekend due to the Red Devils ramping up their chase at that time.
Guido Rodriguez contact made
If Rabiot’s move does cross the line, Spanish outlet AS hint the midfield arrivals might not end there.
They state United have ‘begun contacts’ with Real Betis regarding Argentina international, Guido Rodriguez.
The 28-year-old is a no-nonsense and tough tackling holding midfielder. AS report he would cost a similar type of fee to Rabiot (around €20m (£16.9m)) and is hot on the idea of testing himself in the Premier League.
Former side Club America do reportedly hold a 30 percent sell-on clause in Rodriguez’s contract deal with Betis. That could see the Spanish side hold out for the slightly higher figure of €20m (£21.3m), though even that number is well within United’s means.
AS do suggest Rodriguez could be an alternative to Rabiot as opposed to signing as well as.
Though if United fail to land No 1 target Frenkie de Jong, their opening day defeat to Brighton shows their midfield requires major surgery and two players could be signed.
Is Adrien Rabiot really the answer to Manchester United’s midfield woes?
With reports emerging that a fee has been agreed with Juventus for the Frenchman, is Adrien Rabiot really the answer to Manchester United’s midfield issues?