Adrien Rabiot was close to signing for Manchester United before the deal eventually fell through and he remained at Juventus.
We all regrettably remember the past summer transfer window when Manchester United spent 100 days chasing Frenkie de Jong, only for the Netherlands midfielder to stay at Barcelona.
Richard Arnold and John Murtough appeared less desperate in United’s pursuit of Rabiot – and were quick to turn away a potential deal that would have seen him leave Juventus.
The Reds would go on to sign Casemiro.
Speaking to ESPN after scoring for France at the World Cup, Rabiot explained how close he was to signing for Manchester United. He also made it clear that his future remains unsolved.
“In the end, once it was clear I would not go to United, I focused straight back on Juventus to give everything I had,” Rabiot said. “I didn’t want people to doubt my commitment or to think that because I could have left for United, I would not care anymore. I am out of contract in June, and I don’t want people to think that I am not committed or invested at Juve this season. I feel attracted by the Premier League itself and its super competitive nature. I loved my time there, even if I was young. I liked the culture and the life; my family liked it too. I am not indifferent to playing in England, but there will be many options to consider. I have not spoken with Juve about the future, for example as our start to the season was tough, plus the World Cup was coming and I wanted to focus on it. After the World Cup, I will start thinking about my future more concretely.”
Ask any United fan and I’m sure they will tell you they’re happy with what Erik ten Hag is doing with his midfield.
Casemiro has been an excellent addition and I’m not sure I’d even swap him for De Jong at this point — never mind Rabiot.