Manchester United are ready to disappoint Arsenal and match Paris Saint-Germain's asking price for midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The Gunners have been long-time admirers of the midfielder, but are unwilling to meet the French club's valuation.
According to Spanish magazine Don Balon, Louis van Gaal is ready to meet their €28m (£21m, $30.5m) valuation and bring the midfielder to Old Trafford this month. The Dutch manager has admitted he needs speed and creativity in his team, something that Rabiot can provide.
Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the midfielder and has been linked with a move since last summer, but the midfielder disappointed suitors and signed a new contract with PSG. Rabiot, however, has struggled to break into the starting XI and spent a considerable amount of time on the bench this campaign. He is restricted in his appearances due to the presence of Blaise Matuidi, Marco Veratti, Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta, all of whom are ahead of him in the pecking order under manager Laurent Blanc.
The 20-year-old midfielder has grown frustrated with the lack of opportunities and recently put in a transfer request for a temporary move away from the club in order to play regular first-team football. The French club's manager has hit back at the player for his actions and believes he should respect the club with whom he is contracted until the summer of 2019.
"I've asked the president for a loan move in January if my time on the field is insufficient," the youngster told French publication Telefoot, as quoted by Goal. "It's something that he can't refuse me — I know he likes me very much. When you train all week, you want to be on the field. Sometimes it's not possible and it's frustrating."
The report claims the 20-time English champions are confident of beating Arsenal to the midfielder's signature as they are willing to meet any valuation set by the Ligue 1 club, which the north London outfit are not willing to do. Moreover, it is believed that they have assured Rabiot that Old Trafford would be the best place to continue his football development with a guarantee of regular first-team football at the heart of the United midfield.