For the last few weeks, speculation has been rampant about where PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot will be plying his trade next season. Arsenal, unsurprisingly, are extremely interested in the 19 year-old Frenchman, but Rabiot is also attracting interest from the like of Juventus, Chelsea, and, if new reports are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur.
Rabiot featured 25 times for PSG this season, but played mostly off of the bench as a late game substitute for either Thiago Motta or Marco Verratti. This was the most first team football he's had, but he did spend the second half of the 2012-13 season on loan at Toulouse where he made 13 appearances, mostly as a starter.
For those of you that don't know much about him, Rabiot is a 6'2" midfielder comfortable playing in a double pivot or a midfield three. He often plays as either the runner or the playmaker for PSG and is equally adept at both. He does a good job of recycling possession and dictates possession. He also loves a through ball. Rabiot is well rounded though, his height makes him quite good in the air and he is a good tackler. If you're going to compare him to a player think of him as a hybrid of Etienne Capoue (who he played with at Toulouse), Tom Carroll, and Mousa Dembele.
Rabiot has looked every bit the part of a top-flight midfielder in the last year and half, but with only one season remaining on his contract, a move seems imminent. Rabiot's agent/mother, has said that any move her son makes will be strictly for footballing reasons. One would have to imagine that, with PSG needing as many homegrown players as possible, thanks to UEFA's sanctions for breaking the Financial Fair Play rules, that les Parisiens would be keen to hold onto Rabiot, but the team might also need the cash from his sale to finance other purchases, which is another prong of the club's sanctions.
With the addition of Yohann Cabaye in January, and possible another midfielder this summer, Rabiot may find his opportunities limited at the Parc des Princes, so a move makes sense. While central midfield is a crowded spot for Spurs, we've all bemoaned the lack of a true deep-lying passer in our system, and Rabiot would certainly fit the bill. If players like Paulinho and Capoue find themselves leaving White Hart Lane this summer, Spurs could do a lot worse than replacing them with Rabiot.