West Londoners have been scouting the wonderkid for some time now.
The chances of Premier League giants Chelsea being able to sign highly rated Paris Saint-Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot at the end of the season now appear to be dwindling after it emerged that the Ligue 1 champions want to use the Frenchman in part exchange for in-form Juventus midfield player Paul Pogba, according to reports in the Sunday Express.
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The Uefa Europa League holders have been keeping close tabs on Rabiot for some time now, with the west London club thought to be hopeful of luring the 18-year-old to Stamford Bridge next summer, while other big-name clubs from across the Continent, including La Liga’s Real Madrid, are also thought to keen on the youngster too.
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However, with the mega-rich Ligue 1 outfit now set to offer the France Under-21 international to the ‘Old Lady of Italian Football’ in order to entice the Serie A champions to part company with their star man so far this season, Pogba, the Blues’ hopes of landing Rabiot now appear to be dead in the water.
Rabiot, who has a contract at the Parc des Princes that only runs until June 30 2015, has so far managed to register one goal and two assists in total for both club and country in this campaign, with that solitary strike coming in the league.