Man Utd target to snub Old Trafford in favour of Maurizio Sarri and Juventus move

Man Utd target to snub Old Trafford in favour of Maurizio Sarri and Juventus move

Manchester United had tracked out of contract PSG star Adrien Rabiot ahead of a possible move this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to recruit young talent but is also keen on attracting established players who are accustomed to playing at the top level.

Rabiot fits both criteria having made over 200 appearances for PSG including 36 in the Champions League.

The 24-year-old is free to leave the Parc des Princes and has had a list of suitors courting his signature.

But Rabiot admits he has held discussions with Juventus, where Sarri is soon to be manager, and is keen on Italy.

“I’ve spoken with Juventus, it’s a great club where everyone would like to play,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“I like Italy so much, it’s wonderful here. A demanding season awaits me. At Juventus? Juve watched me and we talked about it, but I can’t say anything.

“Manchester United? It’s the same as last year, I have to decide. I’m on vacation for now. Soon you will know.”

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Rabiot favours a move to Juventus where Sarri is about to become manager (Pic: GETTY)

A move to the Allianz Stadium would be seen as a blow to United who believe they can still attract the best talent around despite their recent fall from grace and lack of Champions League football.

Juventus are set to announce the arrival of Sarri having agreed his exit from Chelsea.

Sarri’s Chelsea failed to beat United in three meetings this season, but the Italian could be about to get the last laugh.

Not least because Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has been in England to discuss a sensational return for Paul Pogba to Turin.

Pogba

Pogba’s form initially improved under Solskjaer, but he appears uninterested (Pic: GETTY)

The Frenchman left the Bianconeri in 2016 for what was then a world-record fee but has struggled to replicate the form that made him so sought after.

Real Madrid had looked his most likely destination, but they have already spent big on the likes of Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy.

It means, despite their huge wealth, coughing up a fee for Pogba which would exceed £100m, may be beyond them.

Pogba cut an uninterested figure towards the end of last season as United meandered to a sixth place finish and had expressed a desire to join Madrid earlier this year, but may be happy to settle for any route out of Old Trafford.

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