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Man Utd & Juventus target Adrien Rabiot hailed as a Pogba-Vidal hybrid

By Ben Green

Published: 20:26, 16 June 2019

Gianluigi Buffon believes Paris Saint-Germain teammate Adrien Rabiot is a blend of Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio.

Both players are set to leave the Parc des Princes this summer with the latter linked to Juventus and Manchester United.

Where next for Rabiot? Five things to know…

  • Wantaway midfielder Rabiot was frozen out at PSG midway through 2018/19 after failing to extend his contract.
  • His present deal expires on July 1 and he says he has held talks with Juventus.
  • Rabiot also mentioned Man Utd as a potentialy interested party.
  • But the Old Lady have also been linked with a move for Man Utd’s Paul Pogba.
  • So it would appear unlikely the club will sign both midfielders.

Rabiot has not played football since mid-December having been frozen out by Thomas Tuchel after failing to agree fresh terms in Paris, but Buffon certainly saw enough of the Frenchman’s ability to compare him to a trident of his ex-Juve teammates.

“Rabiot is incredible, such a great player,” Buffon told the Corriere dello Sport.

“He is also a lovely lad and a fine teammate. I don’t know where the whole media storms surrounding him came from, because the guy I know is world class.

“Rabiot is this fantastic mixture: he has the strength of Pogba, who is built like a wardrobe, the courage of Vidal and potentially the dynamism of Marchisio.

“He has to improve the timing of his runs into the box but can become someone who scores 10 goals per season.”

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‘Sarri not a gamble’

Massimiliano Allegri closed the curtain on his five-year stint as Juventus manager last month and the club are on the verge on appointing current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian tactician was a polarising figure in west London, but having secured a third-place finish as well as clinching the Europa League, Buffon believes the imminent installation of Sarri in the Turin dugout is not a gamble.

“I have experienced how competent president Andrea Agnelli, directors Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved are,” he added.

“Those who follow the same path will always achieve the same results, so Juve are seeking the Champions League and wanted to try breaking away towards pastures new.

“It’s because the squad is frankly difficult to improve any more. Sarri is not a revolution, nor a gamble. He simply represents an untested path, a whole other story.”