Arsene Wenger dropped his intention to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot due to his good relationship with the French club’s president.
Wenger is a big fan of Rabiot and has been keeping tabs on the midfielder for a long time but surprisingly, the player wasn’t among the French man’s targets when he wanted to sign a midfielder in the summer.
French Publication Le Parisien via the Daily Star has now revealed Wenger didn’t move to sign Rabiot because of his relationship with PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelafi.
Al-Khelafi and Wenger are good friends and the boss didn’t want to spoil their relationship by pushing ahead with his interest in the midfielder.
Arsenal’s approach to sign Rabiot was in 2014 and the midfielder was reportedly open to the idea of moving to the Emirates but Wenger had to pull out of the deal because Al-Khelafi wanted the player to stay in Paris.
Rabiot has become a key player for the French club in recent seasons, making 42 appearances in all competitions last season. He even started for PSG against Arsenal on Tuesday night in this year’s Uefa Champions League group A opener.
Rabiot recently revealed he will like to join a Premier League club in the future but it is unknown if Wenger would make a move for the midfielder again as the club has enough quality in midfield for now and the nearest future.