Man United have yet to find a breakthrough in talks with French midfielder Adrien Rabiot over personal terms while Juventus have their eye on one of Erik ten Hag’s forward Anthony Marial, according to reports.
Having spent most of the summer pursuing a deal for Frenkie de Jong – who has so far snubbed a switch to Old Trafford – the Red Devils have begrudgingly accepted that they will likely miss out on their No.1 target.
That has seen them move on to Italian giants, playmaker Rabiot, with the Italian side happy to accept a proposed offer from the Red Devils in the region of £15million.
However, according to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, the deal has not progressed any further with talks between the Red Devils and the 27-year-old hitting a ‘blockage’.
Rabiot’s mother – who is also his agent – is a notoriously tough operator and is driving a hard bargain, having requested a salary in the region of £8.5m-a-year.
That works out at around £160,000-a-week and would make the Frenchman one of the highest earners in Erik ten Hag’s team, with the figures being requested by Adrien Rabiot’s camp throwing a spanner in the works.
With no agreement yet reached, the rest of Serie A giants’ transfer plans are currently on hold with the Italian heavyweights having hoped to replace Rabiot with PSG’s Leandro Paredes.
The Old Lady are also looking to bring in a new forward to support Dusan Vlahovic, and have put a Man Utd player, Anthony Martial, at the top of their wish list.
Juventus specifically want a player with different characteristics to the big Serbian attacker, rather than a like-for-like backup – such as Arkadiusz Milik, who they have also been rumoured with.
Martial fits the bill as a result and Juve have been admirers of the ex-AS Monaco man for some time, though they are also exploring a potential deal for Barcelona’s striker Memphis Depay who is likely to be on his way out from Nou Camp.