Everton eyeing move for Serie A star Rabiot

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Everton’s end to the season could be something of a damp squib.

The Toffees cannot finish higher than 11th ahead of their clash with AFC Bournemouth on the final day of the Premier League season.

Bournemouth, of course, will be hoping to avoid relegation, though they will need results to go their way; they must beat the Toffees while hoping that Watford lose to Arsenal and Aston Villa are beaten by West Ham United.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been in roundly poor form, winning just once in their last five outings.

Indeed, since their 2-1 win over Leicester on the first of the month, they have lost to Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves, and drawn with both Southampton and Aston Villa. They did beat Sheffield United in their most recent outing, however.

They have won just 13 games from their 37 this season, losing 14, and they are well out of the race to qualify for Europe.

They are clearly in need of proper reinforcement in the summer transfer window, then, and it appears that plans are underway.

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Sport Witness carries a report from Calciomercato, claiming that the Toffees are interested in signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus.

The Italian giants are said to be ready to cash in on the former PSG star, and his agent, Veronique, who is also his mother, is ready to facilitate a move to the Premier League.

Newcastle United and Manchester United are also said to hold an interest in signing the midfielder, who has made just 18 starts in Serie A this term.

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The France international only joined Juve last summer but he is valued at £22.95 million by Transfermarkt and Juve believe they could receive a hefty fee for the star.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Rabiot is a remarkably gifted midfield player.

But one really does have to wonder whether Everton can actually afford him.

The Frenchman reportedly agreed to a contract worth £28 million per year in Turin when he joined, per The Daily Mirror, which equates to £538,461-per-week.

Juve slashed that by £7m amid the Coronavirus outbreak, per the same report, but even that has only depleted his weekly wage to £403,846-per-week.

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Everton’s highest earner, per Spotrac, is Bernard, who takes home a weekly salary of £120,000.

To lure Rabiot to Merseyside, the Toffees would have to at least treble that, while also paying a significant transfer fee.

It doesn’t seem to add up, and when one considers that Rabiot reportedly went on strike after news of Juve’s cost-cutting broke, he doesn’t seem the type who is willing to negotiate.

Everton ought to look at more cost-effective measures.

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