The fact that Manchester United’s director of football John Murtough has flown to Italy to meet with the agent of Adrien Rabiot in a bid to push the deal forward has dramatically increased the chances of the deal going through reports The Telegraph. The midfielder’s agent and mother Veronique Rabiot reportedly refused to speak to intermediaries, and as such Murtough’s actions are absolutely necessary if he wants to complete this signing.
The Red Devils are yet to agree personal terms with the French midfielder over a possible move.
Manchester United Director John Murtough Flying to Italy Will Increase Chances of Adrien Rabiot Transfer
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Murtough’s Actions Seen as Positive Move to Help Complete the Move
Murtough is personally looking into getting this deal done for Erik ten Hag, who has also spoken with the 27-year-old midfielder over joining him at Old Trafford. But the report also claims that there is still some way to go for both parties to come to a mutual understanding over Rabiot’s contract with United.
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Veronique Rabiot has demanded to speak directly with the Manchester club’s football director over the transfer and nobody else, and the fact Murtough has travelled to Italy is seen as a positive sign, increasing the chance of a deal being finalized.
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The Manchester giants have been desperately seeking to upgrade their midfield line this summer.
They have already reportedly agreed a fee in principle with his club Juventus, who are open to the prospect of selling him in the summer. But with the Frenchman demanding an £8.4 million annual salary and also regular playing time, the deal is proving to be quite complicated.
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However, with the United director personally negotiating the deal with Veronique, there is optimism that a mutual agreement could be very close, meaning that Rabiot, a man with plenty of experience at the highest level, could be on his way to Old Trafford in the near future.
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