Some players seem to have forgotten that the transfer window closed last week.
As the dust settles on an unprecedented level of spending by English clubs, some have launched their “come and get me” pleas that bit too late.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who was reportedly on the brink of a £14.7m move to Arsenal in January, and also had tenuous links with the Gunners this past summer, has been speaking to Telefoot about his love for the Premier League, and his desire to return there having briefly been in Manchester City’s youth team before moving back to his homeland in 2008.
The French under-21 international said:
“I really liked my time in England and the life there, even outside of football,
I told myself that I will return one day. I have always had the desire to play in England, it is in me. The Premier League – that is football.”
Big things are predicted from Rabiot in the near future. Having made his senior debut for PSG in 2012 at the age of just 17 years old, the 21-year-old has been in and around the first-team ever since, save for a loan spell with Toulouse in 2013.
That said, his inability thus far to nail down a permanent first team place in the team is likely to have frustrated him – despite his age, he will soon feel he is ready for the responsibility of playing in one of Europe’s top sides. He is also desperate to break into the senior international set-up before the next World Cup in 2018, something he needs regular first team football to achieve.
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Which is where the likes of Arsenal come in. His clear love for Premier League football, coupled with his desire to return to England one day, mean that those clubs have an instant advantage over some of their European counterparts.
He will already be familiar to Premier League fans, having scored the goal that effectively knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League last year, before also netting in the quarter-final defeat to former club Man City.
Arsene Wenger is not likely to even be thinking about January transfers right now, however. Any move for Rabiot will not be forthcoming until the middle of winter.
That’s assuming he even leaves this season. He has started all three of PSG’s Ligue 1 games under new manager Unai Emery this season, so could yet have found his place in that midfield.
It could happen, but this one will be for the long-term.