Arsenal and Chelsea's hopes of signing the Paris Saint-Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot have increased as the midfielder's future at the club sremains uncertain, according to English reports.
The 18-year-old who has been compared to former Arsenal legend Liam Brady in the past, is one of the rising stars at PSG but is unhappy at his lack of first-team opportunities.
According to TalkSport, Rabiot's current deal is set to expire in 2015 and the midfielder has not yet committed his future to the French champions, despite PSG's best efforts – last August they offered him an extension until the summer of 2018, but Rabiot did not extend his deal.
The youngster has been in and out of the PSG first team so far this year and, as he wants to play regular football, he could be thinking about moving to the Premier League.
Potential suitors also include Manchester United and Liverpool, both of whom have been following the player in recent months, but Chelsea are among the favourites for his signing. The Blues, along with Arsenal, are looking to acquire the player on the cheap in the summer.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to the Parc des Princes to check on the midfielder's progress and he has been impressed. The Blues could offer £8m in the summer.
Currently, PSG value Rabiot at around €15m, and he earns about £5,000 a week. However, L'Equipe reported that he is demanding £60,000 a week in order to sign up and PSG boss Laurent Blanc is not willing to negotiate it.
Rabiot's mother Veronique told Le Parisien that money is not the driving force in determining where her son will play in future and playing matters are far more important.
"We do not make decisions based on financial criteria and the priority is the sports project" she said.
"What game time can Adrien benefit from in the near future? If the conditions are met for it can he continue to grow? These are the most important things."