Paris Saint Germain’s young midfielder Adrien Rabiot has revealed to Arsenal and Chelsea that he wants a salary of £2.5 million a year in order to move to the Premier League, as reported by the Daily Express.
Rabiot’s contract with the French champions is set to expire at the end of the season, and he could see himself sold for cheap in January after rejecting a new contract with the Parisian club. Alternatively, it is expected that he will move on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Despite significant interest this summer in the wonderkid, PSG refused to let him depart and join either Premier League side, but there is now a belief that he is set to leave, no matter what.
Reports in France suggest that the 19 year old is expecting a salary of at least £2.5 million annually to move.
Both Juventus and Roma are also keen, but they are not planning to move before the end of the season, when they could sign him for nothing.
This would allow either Arsenal or Chelsea to snap him up on the cheap without much in the way of competition in January.
Rabiot himself is also thought to prefer a switch to England.
Manchester United’s young midfielder Nick Powell has admitted that he forced through a move on loan to Leicester City on deadline day, with the hope that the switch would allow him to gain significantly more Premier League experience, as reported by the Daily Express.
The 20 year old has joined Leicester City on a loan deal until the end of the season, with Tom Lawrence also moving to the King Power Stadium on a permanent basis.
Despite not being guaranteed a starting place in Leicester City’s line up, Powell is excited to be given an opportunity to prove himself as a Premier League player, having made the switch to Man Utd from Crewe Alexandra during Alex Ferguson’s time in charge of the Old Trafford club.
He said: “I was on to my agent all day and he is probably sick of my voice, but I am glad it is done.
“I tried to push it through with my agent because I wanted regular football, to be more involved in the Premier League, and we thought we would get a better opportunity here.
“I am here to get some experience and improve. I could have gone into the Championship and played week in and week out, but the Premier League is the next step and Leicester have given me that opportunity.
“I have to earn my place in the team first because it isn’t given to you. That is the first step.
“It is a good squad, powerful, pacy, well-structured and organised.
“I am hoping to do well in the Premier League and help Leicester stay up.”
Powell spent last season on loan with Wigan Athletic and failed to impose himself on the first team there. He will be hoping to play a big role in keeping Leicester in the Premier League this year after their promotion.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs are all interested in Schalke’s Klass-Jan Huntelaar, but the German side are expected to put together a new contract for the Dutch striker before his current deal expires at the end of the season, as reported by the Daily Express.
Huntelaar could have moved to Arsenal on deadline day until Arsene Wenger was informed that Danny Welbeck was available to sign from Manchester United for only £16 million.
Schalke have seen Huntelaar become a key player for the side since his arrival from AC Milan in 2010, and he scored 12 goals in only 18 games for the club in the Bundesliga last season. They are loath to lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season, and are expected to put fresh terms in front of him.
Spurs are also keen on the striker, which is no surprise given their lack of options up front. Liverpool are also thought to be interested, despite the addition of Mario Balotelli.
The 31 year old has yet to decide if his future remains with Schalke, and could make the move to the Premier League, having played for the likes of Ajax and Real Madrid already in his career.