Newcastle ‘offer €5m per season’ to top Man Utd target with Red Devils labelled a ‘loose cannon’

Joe Williams
Man Utd target Adrien Rabiot watches play develop

Newcastle have made a contract offer to top Man Utd target Adrien Rabiot with the midfielder still available on a free transfer, according to reports.

The Red Devils and the Magpies have both been linked with the Juventus midfielder as his contract expires at the end of this month.

A number of clubs see the former Paris Saint-Germain star as a cheap way to sign a top midfielder as they look to improve their squads ahead of next campaign.

Rabiot has made 177 appearances for Juventus in four seasons at the Serie A giants with the 2022 World Cup runner-up looking to move on.

And Corriere dello Sport claim that Newcastle have ‘put €5m on the plate per season’ for the Frenchman with their ‘expression of interest’ €2m per season short of what Rabiot is currently earning in Turin.

Newcastle do have one advantage over some other clubs: Champions League football. The competition is something Rabiot ‘has always shown to appreciate a lot’ in his career and he wants to remain in the tournament next season.

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Man Utd will also be able to provide him with Champions League football, while Juventus are prepared to offer him the same €7m-a-year contract as before.

Gazzetta dello Sport has confirmed that Juventus have offered Rabiot a new one-year deal with Man Utd making him a target as they need a midfielder who ‘combines physicality, drive and goals’.

The Red Devils are labelled a ‘loose cannon’ with Italian publication insisting that if the Premier League club ‘attack the Frenchman’ and are successful then it will give Juventus a clear route to sign Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Another Italian newspaper Corriere Torino adds that Man Utd are ‘forcing’ the issue as they look to seal a deal for Rabiot but that Juventus are still ‘in the running’.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has previously revealed that Rabiot’s dream is to play in the Premier League and confirmed Man United’s interest.

“His dream is to one day play in the Premier League,” Romano told GiveMeSport in May.

“So he feels now is the right opportunity for him to go and embrace a different kind of experience. But he also wants to wait for other potential clubs.

“Nothing is decided. Man United are there, but nothing is closed or completed.”