According to Calciomercato (h/t Sport Witness), Everton are still interested in Adrien Rabiot and could make a move for the Juventus midfielder in January.
Rabiot signed a four-year deal with the Old Lady last summer but has struggled for consistency and playing time in Turin. The 25-year-old was linked with a move away from Juve over the summer, so his future is uncertain.
Whether Rabiot ends up at Goodison Park in January is another story, however.
Why could Rabiot leave Juventus?
Big things were expected of the French international after he left Paris Saint-Germain, but things haven’t gone entirely to plan at Juve. He made 28/38 Serie A appearances (73.6%) in his debut season, scoring one goal with one assist, amassing 1915/3420 minutes (56%) of playing time.
Rabiot was substituted on or substituted off in 15 of his 28 league games (53.6%) and Maurizio Sarri admitted he struggled to settle in. Last season, only Rodrigo Bentacur gave away more fouls (53) in the Juventus squad than Rabiot (49), and he was dribbled past (26) more than all but five of his teammates.
No Juve midfielder who made more than 27 Serie A appearances last season was dispossessed more than the Frenchman (once every 79.8 minutes), so he left a lot to be desired in 2019/20. The Old Lady have Arthur, Bentacur, Aaron Ramsey and Weston McKennie for competition, so it wouldn’t be the biggest shock if he did leave. Sami Khedira has been frozen out too after all.
Do Everton need another midfielder?
I don’t think so. Carlo Ancelotti has Allan, Andre Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies, Muhamed Besic and Beni Baningime on the books, so we’re not short of options in midfield.
There was a time where we wanted to sign Rabiot over the summer, but I think the ship has sailed. We missed out on the 25-year-old but still added Allan and Doucoure to the ranks in the same transfer window, so why would we want another player?
We’re top of the Premier League table with 12 points from four games and boast a 100% record from our seven matches this season, so does our squad really need any more reinforcements?