Newcastle United leading Manchester United in a battle to sign another fantastic Serie A top midfielder

Newcastle United has reportedly entered the competition with Manchester United to secure the services of Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the upcoming January transfer window. The 28-year-old Frenchman has been a consistent presence for Juventus in the 2023-24 season, starting in eight Serie A matches and contributing to three goals.

Rabiot initially joined Juventus on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019 and has since made 184 appearances for the club, scoring 18 goals while operating in midfield. He has also been a valuable asset to the French national team, earning 39 caps and netting three times since his full international debut in December 2015.

According to reports from Calciomercato, Newcastle United is interested in bringing Rabiot to St James’ Park as they continue to progress under the ownership of Saudi investors. Eddie Howe’s team achieved an impressive fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season, securing a spot in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. In the current Champions League campaign, Newcastle was drawn into a challenging group that includes PSG, AC Milan, and Borussia Dortmund, and they recently defeated PSG 4-1 at St James’ Park during gameweek two.

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Manchester United is also rumored to be keen on acquiring Rabiot, as they aim to establish themselves as title contenders under the management of Erik ten Hag. While United added Sofyan Amrabat to their midfield during the summer transfer window, the Moroccan has been deployed as a full-back in recent matches due to defensive injury issues.

Despite interest from English clubs, Juventus appears determined to retain Rabiot’s services beyond the current season. The club is reportedly seeking to negotiate a deal with the player and his agent that would keep him in Turin until the summer of 2027. Rabiot’s previous contract with Juventus was set to expire at the end of the last season, but his strong performances led to a one-year contract extension in June.

Newcastle focused on strengthening their squad depth during the summer, as they prepared for a demanding 2023-24 season that includes participation in the Champions League. Eddie Howe’s team will resume their Premier League campaign after the second international break with a match against Crystal Palace on October 21, managed by Roy Hodgson.

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