Manchester United’s £19million move for Adrien Rabiot is set to collapse over wage demands set by the midfielder and his mother Véronique… despite the Old Trafford club offering him a move to become one of his highest earners
- Manchester United had been chasing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus since last week
- The midfielder’s excessive wage demands saw the movement crumble
- The club lack time and options to strengthen their midfield
Manchester United’s bid to sign Adrien Rabiot from Juventus was on the verge of collapsing on Tuesday night due to the French midfielder’s wage demands.
After agreeing a deal with Juve worth up to £19m worth £15.2m, United were hoping to persuade Rabiot to move to Old Trafford.
However, personal terms demanded by the player’s agent and his mother Véronique, a notoriously tough negotiator, forced United to abandon talks.
Adrien Rabiot’s excessive wage demands would have blocked a deal
Sources claim United have made what they consider a generous offer which would have elevated Rabiot to one of their top earners.
They turned to the 27-year-old after accepting that Frenkie de Jong is unlikely to move to Old Trafford from Barcelona.
Manager Erik ten Hag has made signing a new defensive midfielder his priority in this transfer window, and now faces a race to strengthen his squad ahead of the September 1 deadline.
Véronique Rabiot, Adrien’s mother, has a fearsome reputation and it was feared that she could derail a possible agreement
United are weighing their options and could make a move for Real Madrid’s Casemiro, the 30-year-old Brazil international.
The transfer window has been a difficult one for the club, not helped by continued uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
United last night insisted Ronaldo was not for sale amid growing speculation the unstable Portuguese star could leave within the next two weeks.
New manager Erik ten Hag struggled to attract the players he wanted this summer
Some senior figures at Old Trafford and Ten Hag have reportedly softened their stance on keeping Ronaldo amid concerns the saga has contributed to United’s dire start to the season.
However, United are sticking to their official line that the 37-year-old won’t be sold until the window closes and he remains for the rest of the campaign.
Ronaldo missed United’s pre-season tour after asking to leave, and the positive mood that was evident in Ten Hag’s squad during the trip to Bangkok and Australia has largely evaporated since the five-time winner Ballon d’Or returned to training at the end of last month.
Some feel that selling the club’s top scorer with 24 goals last season might be the best option, even if it would weaken an already light attack.
United have lost their first two games against Brighton and Brentford, and are currently bottom of the Premier League table.
United suffered one of their worst defeats on Saturday when they lost at Brentford