Newcastle make contact over Adrien Rabiot transfer

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Adrien Rabiot could be on his way out
Adrien Rabiot could be on his way out / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Newcastle United have made contact with Juventus over the potential January signing of Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot has been an important member of the Juve squad ever since he signed for the club back in 2019. Overall, he has made 95 appearances in all competitions for the Old Lady, contributing six goals and five assists.

However, it has not all been plain sailing during his time in Turin. His performances have been questioned at times for being too passive, and since Max Allegri's return to the managerial hot seat he has seen his playing time decrease.

According to Calciomercato, Juventus are even considering letting the France international depart in the next transfer window if his performances do not improve.

Juve's interest in strengthening in midfield has been well known for some time. They were eager to re-sign Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona in the summer before he moved to Besiktas on loan, and they continue to be linked with another former player, Manchester United's Paul Pogba.

The club want to push forward with their recruitment drive in 2022, but need to move players out of the door beforehand. Rabiot and teammate Aaron Ramsey are among those under threat.

Juve are understood to value the latter - whose current deal is set to expire in 2023 - at €15m. Among the clubs that have been contacted over a possible transfer are newly-monied Newcastle.

The Magpies have made a shocking start to the season, with manager Steve Bruce paying with his job, and the club's Saudi owners are keen to turn things around with a flurry of transfer activity in January.

Rabiot is not yet convinced by the Magpies' project, though. The report states he would instead be keen on a move to Real Madrid. Either way, his days in Turin seem to be numbered.

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