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Fee revealed as Everton plan move for classy Juventus star


Reports in France claim Everton will renew their interest in Juventus star Adrien Rabiot during the summer transfer window.

The Toffees were one of the clubs linked with a move for the 25-year-old last summer. Manchester United were also thought to be in the frame but he remained in Turin.

One report from June 2020 suggested that the Merseysiders were willing to swap Lucas Digne for Rabiot. However, both players stayed put and Rabiot has made 18 Serie A appearances in 2020-2021.

But only 12 of those have been starts and it is said that Juve are now willing to let him leave. Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is a known admirer from their time together at Paris Saint-Germain.

And it seems as though he may push the boat out to try and snare the France international in the off-season. France Football claim the Italian tactician has instructed the Goodison Park money men to ready a bid.

It is thought they will need to part with £26m to get a deal over the line. Rabiot moved to Juve in July 2019 after seven seasons with PSG.

He made 224 appearances in all competitions for the Parisians, scoring 24 goals. But the man from Saint-Maurice has not had the expected impact at the Juventus Stadium.

His attitude has been called not question at times and he is by no means an automatic starter. Although not a goalscoring midfielder, Rabiot has bagged just twice from 65 outings for the Old Lady.

It seems like a move might be on the cards and Ancelotti is keen on a reunion.

Tough task ahead

There is no question that Everton have improved with Ancelotti at the helm. They sit seventh in the table but could move level with Liverpool on 40 points on Wednesday night.

That would mean beating Manchester City – something few teams have done this season. Pep Guardiola’s side have won a record 16 straight games in all competitions.

The Citizens could become the first team in top-flight history to win their opening 10 matches of a calendar year. It is a tall order for Everton who are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Fulham last time out.

City last dropped points in a 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 15. It is the first time the sides have met this term.

But they will get to know each other well, with an FA Cup sixth-round clash scheduled for March 20.

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