Barcelona have dropped their interest in the outgoing Paris Saint-Germain youngster Adrien Rabiot after securing the signature of Frenkie de Jong
The former Manchester City’s youth academy attendant will leave Parc des Princes at the end of the season, once his contract with the Parisians runs out.
For almost five months, Camp Nou has been labeled as the Frenchman’s next destination, with Ernesto Valverde desperately seeking fresh blood for his aging midfield.
However, La Liga heavyweights have abandoned the track that leads to the 23-year-old, paving the way for Chelsea and Arsenal to try to snap up the midfielder.
Instead of waiting for Rabiot to make up his mind, the Catalans have forked out €75m to capture Ajax’s whizz-kid.
It seems that the bitter London rivals are now left as the only real suitors, with the Gunners leading the race, according to the British outlet Mirror.
Arsenal have an ace up their sleeves as Rabiot seems poised to work with Unai Emery again.
With both, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi struggling to live up to expectations this season, the Spaniard is determined to find a reliable long-term option in the center of the park.
Sevilla’s Ever Banega has also been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but given his age, Rabiot seems like a more likely prospect.