Adrien Rabiot Asks Juventus for ‘Cooling Off Period’ Amid Reports of PSG Contract U-Turn

Adrien Rabiot’s proposed transfer to Juventus appears to be on rocky ground, with PSG poised to open talks with the midfielder over for a new contract.

The 24-year-old has been frozen out in the French capital after refusing to sign a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions – failing to register an appearance for Thomas Tuchel’s side since December.

He’s been linked with a multitude of clubs in that time, most notably Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus – and it had seemed likely that he was destined to join Maurizio Sarri’s side in Serie A, with a €7m per-season contract offer on the table – alongside a €10m signing-on fee for his agent, and mother.

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However, in the latest twist to this ongoing transfer saga, it appears PSG have extended an olive branch to Rabiot and his representatives – with Le10 Sport claiming that Leonardo’s return to Paris as sporting director has seen talks initiated over a new deal.

That comes after previous incumbent Antero Henrique slated Rabiot’s attitude off the pitch, in just one of a number of controversies that have dogged the Frenchman over the past six months or so.

Notably, he was criticised after PSG’s shock Champions League defeat at the hands of ​Manchester United in March, having been pictured in a nightclub in the aftermath of their 3-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes.

Despite the negative press, PSG boss Tuchel has reiterated his desire to keep Rabiot on a number of occasions, as he sees himself as a versatile and valuable asset to the squad.

Juventus will still be confident of concluding a deal given their considerable pulling power – and may not be too perturbed by Rabiot asking for more time to make a decision as they instead focus their efforts on concluding a deal for Matthijs de Ligt, who is ​expected to join from Ajax on a five-year deal.

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