Reported Manchester United target Adrien Rabiot has gone on strike at Juventus after having his wages cut, claims a report.
Turin-based newspaper La Stampa reports that the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has refused to return to Italy in protest against his club after cutting his €8m a year salary.
Rabiot remains in isolation in France, but under the instruction of his mother and agent he is not returning to Turin in protest at the club’s actions.
The coronavirus pandemic halted Italian football on March 9, and Juve quickly moved to protect their finances by arranging to defer players’ wages for four months, reportedly worth around £80million to the club.
A spokesperson for the club said at the time: “If the current season’s matches are rescheduled, the club will negotiate in good faith with the players and the coach conditional increases of compensations according to the actual resumption and finalisation of official competitions.
“Due to the current global health emergency preventing the performance of the sporting activity, it has reached an understanding with the players and the coach of the first team regarding their compensation for the residual portion of the current sport season.
“Juventus would like to thank the players and the coach for their commitment at a difficult time for everyone.”
Rabiot though, who only signed for Juve last summer, appears far from happy, while Juve officials are believed to be frustrated with the player.
It’s unknown as yet how Manchester United officials will see the protest.
According to Calciomercato, United have been in talks with his mother Veronique, about a potential deal to bring her son, who has also been interesting Everton, to the English top flight.
Juventus are back in training at their Continassa complex, with players being put through individual drills as they practise social distancing measures.