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Adrien Rabiot confirms Juventus transfer talks

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Rabiot Juventus-bound?

Wantaway PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has confirmed that he is in talks to join Juventus this summer. The Frenchman's future in Paris has been up in the air in recent months, after he fell out with the hierarchy at the Parc des Princes over contract negotiations earlier this season.

The 24-year-old featured just 20 times for the Ligue 1 champions last term (all competitions) and it now looks almost a certainty that he'll be playing his football away from France next term.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with the midfielder, though it is Juventus who currently lead the race to capture his signature ahead of the forthcoming 2019-20 campaign. Rabiot's current contract is up on July 1, with it likely he'll be joining potential new Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri in Turin.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Rabiot said:

"I like Italy very much. Staying here is wonderful, you can rest and recharge your batteries. A demanding season awaits me. Juve came looking for me and we talked, but I can't say anything else. I still don't know where I'll go. They're a great club, where every good player would like to play.

"The same applies to [United]. I still have to make a decision. I'm on holiday for now. You'll know soon."

Rabiot spent a year playing for Manchester City's youth team in 2008, before returning to France with third division side Pau. He worked his way through the ranks at Paris-Saint Germain, starting off in the club's academy system before graduating into the first team set-up in 2012 as an 17-year-old.

The 24-year-old has gone on to make 150 appearances for PSG's senior team, but was exiled from the squad for the second part of last season after failing to negotiate a new contract with the club.

The six-capped France international is an immensely talented footballer, who despite issues surrounding his attitude could still be a really good signing for a top-level side competing in Europe next season.

Should Juventus sign Rabiot this summer, he will be added to the long list of top-quality players they have signed on a Bosman deal in the previous two decades.

Dani Alves, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Sami Khedira and most recently Aaron Ramsey - who will join the Serie A champions when his contract at Arsenal expires this summer - have all joined the club on a free in recent years.

The acquisition of Rabiot would be a shrewd move for the Italians, but will they be able to beat Manchester United in the race to sign him?