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Update On Everton’s Pursuit Of Serie A Midfielder This Summer: What Will He Bring To Goodison Park?

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In a recent report, TuttoJuve has provided an update on Everton’s pursuit of Juventus midfielder Adrian Rabiot this summer. The same source has stated that the Toffees have reached out to the Turin club over the possibility of signing the French talent during the summer transfer window.

It is believed that the player’s mother, Veronique, who is also his agent, has made contact with Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti to discuss a potential move in this off-season (via TuttoJuve). The Italian news outlet has also revealed that Juve will ask for a fee of at least €20m which the Merseyside outfit ‘could offer’ for their prized asset.

Rabiot’s Underwhelming Spell At The Allianz Stadium

The talented Frenchman has endured a lacklustre debut season in Italy after being released by Paris Saint-Germain last summer. He has struggled to find a decent run of form under the expert stewardship of Maurizio Sarri. His performances during this campaign have left a lot to be desired. Rabiot has participated in 24 matches for the Turin giants but is yet to score or assist a goal for his new club across multiple competitions.

The Saint-Maurice born playmaker’s lack of consistency is evident in his stats after he averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 0.5 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.3 dribbles in every 90 minutes of football in the Serie A and the UEFA Champions League this season (stats via whoscored).

However, the talented Juve midfielder deserves credit for securing six international caps for the French national team thus far. Maybe a change of scenery this summer could help Rabiot reignite his old form next season so that he can earn a spot back in Didier Deschamps’ squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals after the competition was delayed due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Update on Everton's pursuit of Adrien Rabiot who is lost in thought in the photo
Juventus’ French midfielder Adrien Rabiot reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Juventus vs Lokomotiv Moscow on October 22, 2019, at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The France International Bring To Merseyside?

Rabiot is a complete modern-day midfielder who is not shy about making a few tackles to try and win back possession for his team. He showcases outstanding ball control and is usually composed when dribbling with the ball from midfield. However, the French workhorse is in dire need of adding more productivity to his game if he wants to win more trophies at the top level.

He tends to work his socks off for the benefit of his side and can use his upper-body strength to outmuscle the opposition and win his fair share of 50-50 duels at the centre of the park. The promising midfield ace is also very accurate with his ball-distribution after completing 90.3% of his attempted passes in the Italian top-flight and the Champions League this season (stats via whoscored).

A player of Rabiot’s skillset and passing range could prove to be a decent signing for the Merseyside club if they can successfully bring him to the north-west of England this summer. He will not only bring a lot of quality to Goodison Park but also enhance the overall depth of Ancelotti’s squad. At 25, the French midfield ace is close to hitting the peak years of his football career which the Toffees could look to capitalise on in the coming seasons.

Rabiot will also offer some much-needed competition for the likes of Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurðsson and Jean-Philippe Gbamin for the right to land a regular starting berth in the Everton midfield. With all things considered, he will be an exciting addition to Ancelotti’s team, which is why the Italian tactician should try his best to acquire his services ahead of the new campaign.

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