Premier League club Arsenal could miss out on Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the summer after the player told friends that he will be joining Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.
The news was revealed by French media portal Le Parisien.
Barcelona were previously the overwhelming favourites to sign him last month but both parties (Rabiot and the Catalan giants) were unable to reach an agreement for the free transfer move.
The five-time European champions shifted their focus to Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong whom they signed for €75m.
It was believed that Barcelona won’t pursue Rabiot having already signed a player that will team up with his new teammates in the summer.
Several Premier League clubs including Arsenal are interested in the 23-year-old as well as German champions Bayern Munich who have dropped out of the race because of the huge financial demands involved.
Rabiot worked with Unai Emery during his two-year spell at PSG and the Spaniard is looking to bolster his midfield options.
Frenchman Adrien Rabiot represents quality and cheap option for Arsenal who have little money to spend in the summer.
Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for Rabiot.