Matt Spiro of beIN Sports claims PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has agreed terms to join Barcelona in the summer when his contract with PSG expires, dashing Arsenal’s hopes of securing his signature.
There had been wide-spread reports of 23-year-old Rabiot’s disaffection with life at star-studded PSG and that he was desperately orchestrating a move away.
Arsenal was one of several top European clubs, including Chelsea, who were interested in adding Rabiot to their squads.
It, however, appears Lionel Messi rather than Aubameyang will be Rabiot’s team-mate next season.
Adrien Rabiot has already agreed terms with Barcelona according to Le Parisien. PSG midfielder is out of contract at end of season and is refusing to sign extension
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) December 18, 2018
Emery will no doubt be disappointed to miss out on the free transfer of such a versatile and proven performer. Nevertheless, with the current injury situation at Arsenal, finding replacements for crocked Holding and Welbeck may well be his priority.