The 23-year-old continues to refuse to sign a new deal with the French champions and continues on a one-way path toward the exit door.
City believes they have an advantage over the other teams. A thirteen-year-old Rabiot spent a summer at the club’s academy before deciding to continue his football career in his native France.
Thomas Tuchel observed earlier in the summer:
“His future is in his hands, the decision belongs to him.
“He has to decide whether he is engaging with us, how we work, or whether he chooses a new challenge.”
Rabiot endured a difficult phase of his career last summer when he refused a place on the standby list for the World Cup finals. It led to war of words with the France coach Didier Deschamps as well as his own club.
A fly in the ointment is the Daily Express claim that Rabiot’s mother is demanding a £10m signing-on fee once the player signs for a new club.