Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward are discussing the possibility of making a move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who will be available on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
Manchester United are planning a major rebuild of their squad after a testing campaign and Solskjaer wants at least five new signings, with the midfield an area of particular concern.
Ander Herrera has already confirmed he will leave the club as a free agent in the summer, while Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata could follow suit; Paul Pogba, meanwhile, is being linked with a move to Real Madrid and Nemanja Matic’s form has tailed off alarmingly.
According to the Mirror, Rabiot has emerged as a potential option to United’s midfield conundrum after being frozen out by PSG, with the 24-year-old not playing – or even training – with the first team squad since December.
Although Rabiot is an obviously gifted player, and has attracted interest from Spurs, Juventus and Chelsea, there are concerns over his behaviour and attitude.
He has fallen out with a string of PSG managers and even France boss Didier Deschamps, shockingly rejecting a place on the standby list for last summer’s World Cup, while he infuriated PSG when he went to a nightclub straight after their Champions League defeat to United.
His contract demands have already put off a number of suitors, with the Frenchman demanding a base salary of £175,000-a-week and a £10million signing-on fee.