The reason Rabiot decided to leave was because he couldn't find a financial agreement with PSG, he wanted to be paid like a starter since he was a starter and PSG wanted to pay him less as they have tried to do with all their homegrown players who all eventually decide to leave. The story around Rabiot position isn't really about playing in advanced position but playing as a box to box instead of exclusively being a defensive midfielder, for PSG he was alternating between both positions which by most accounts was fine with him and it's also what he has done with Juventus.When he was going from Psg she said in one interview that his son must play in advanced role.
Maybe it was bs story.
This is what I would do, with alternatives for Caideco (incase of competition)Can’t see us doing it unless ETH decided to go full Football Manager, but this would be the dream:
In: Rabiot (free - 5m signing on fee), Kudus (25 + Donny) and Caicedo (80m)
Out: Donny (part exchange as above or 15m), Fred (15m), McTominay (25m), Sabitzer (don’t extend), Iqbal (loan), Hannibal (loan or sell for 10m with buyback option).
Leaving us with: Bruno, Casemiro, Eriksen, Rabiot, Kudus, Caicedo, Mainoo
Completely different players, it would be like saying who was better between Keane and Scholes 20 years ago as they’re completely different midfielders.
He's potentially twice the player Sabitzer is.
Why would city when they don’t need to? Liverpool need midfielders but probably he won’t fit into their style. If he’s better then what we’ve got them we go for him for rotation option. Just as a reminder, city was interested in Fred and Maguire. We signed them and they turned into crap. Depends on the manager and if he can improve current players.Neither is good enough. Are Liverpool and City trying to sign either of those players?
If anything Rabiot isn’t lazy. He has high work rate, quick, can win tackles, strong, and has good technique that allows him to do carry the ball.He's potentially twice the player Sabitzer is.
Rabiot is powerful, is aggressive, is very very good technically.
Nevertheless, he's lazy and always has this tendancy to look at him during the games (a bit like Martial, so potentially this is a French thing), but he's a very good player.
Depending on the wages, but I would sign him and start him next to Casemiro if we can' have the Barcelona player
No one call that lazy because for example, McTominay tends to hide because he wants to be in his comfort zone by not giving an option for a pass, which he should have done more. No one call mctominay lazy in that sense.Lazy in the sense that he can do even more and usually stays in his comfort zone.
This is not a winning mentality.Why would city when they don’t need to? Liverpool need midfielders but probably he won’t fit into their style. If he’s better then what we’ve got them we go for him for rotation option. Just as a reminder, city was interested in Fred and Maguire. We signed them and they turned into crap. Depends on the manager and if he can improve current players.
Mc Tominay is not lazy, he's afraid to take the ball because he knows that he can't do.No one call that lazy because for example, McTominay tends to hide because he wants to be in his comfort zone by not giving an option for a pass, which he should have done more. No one call mctominay lazy in that sense.
Step up on Fred / McTominay / Donny. Old enough to not stop the progression of say a Mainoo or Iqbal. World Cup winner, plenty of Champions League appearances, understands big club pressure. If he comes in with one of Amad / Hannibal deemed good enough for first time rotation with a few shipping out, then no issue with him on a free.Agresti is one of the better journalists if we are talking about Juventus, right?
Would be a smart move from United.
Lets be honest, bar the firs season and second half of this season, a lot of the time it has been. Get he is a productive player, but there have been a lot of pretty long periods he has been so wasteful, its been pleaseing to see a bit more consistency in hsi game the alst six months againThis brings me back to the January we signed Bruno. So much talk of how bad his passing was.