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Everton Have Held Informal Talks With This French Playmaker: What Will He Add To Ancelotti’s Team?

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According to a recent report by Tuttomercatoweb, Everton have held informal talks with Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot over a potential move in the summer transfer period. However, the same source has also stated that ‘other tracks may emerge’ with regards to the French playmaker’s future.

Rabiot’s Growing Frustrations At Turin This Season

The Saint-Maurice born central midfielder has experienced a lacklustre spell at the Allianz Stadium since his high-profile summer switch from Paris Saint-Germain last year. He has failed to find a run of consistency with his performances at the centre of Maurizio Sarri’s midfield over the past ten months.

Rabiot has participated in 27 matches for the Turin outfit this term, securing a total of 1700 minutes of playing time across multiple competitions. However, he is still waiting to score or assist his first goal for Juve, which highlights how much he has struggled in the final third this season.

The 25-year-old has shown some positive signs as evidenced by his average of 1.6 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.5 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in the Serie A and the UEFA Champions League so far (stats via whoscored). Maybe a summer move to Goodison Park will be good for his career as it will give him a chance to make a fresh start and rediscover his old form at the highest level.

The Juventus midfield workhorse has also earned five senior caps for the French national team but is yet to find the back of the net for his country. However, if he can show signs of progress in the upcoming campaign, then he should have a decent shot of securing a place in Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps’ squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals.

Everton have held informal talks with Adrien Rabiot who is in action in the picture
Juventus’ France’s midfielder Adrien Rabiot plays with the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg football match between Lyon and Juventus at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on February 26, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The French International Add To Carlo Ancelotti’s Team?

Rabiot is an ideal all-round footballer who can do a bit of everything in midfield. He can utilise his quickness and determination to make some lung-bursting runs with the ball in the opposition half. The Frenchman is also not shy of producing a few well-timed tackles to secure the ball back for his side. He is proficient at distributing the ball after completing 91.4% of his attempted passes in the Serie A this season. Hence, he will be a perfect fit for Carlo Ancelotti’s style of football at Goodison Park.

Rabiot ticks all the right boxes in terms of what the Everton head coach demands from his midfielders. He will not only add more quality and stability to the Toffees midfield but also increase competition for places within their squad. The French midfield ace has what it takes to outperform the likes of Fabian Delph, Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andre Gomes and Morgan Schneiderlin at Merseyside in the upcoming campaign.

All in all, Rabiot will be a terrific signing for Everton if Ancelotti can find a way to lure him to the north-west of England this summer. Plus, he will also help the Toffees compete for some major silverware in the coming seasons.

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