Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are discussing the possibility of making a move for Adrien Rabiot, who will be available on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
Manchester United are plotting a major rebuild of their squad after a testing season, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants at least five new signings, with the midfield an area of particular concern.
Ander Herrera has confirmed he will leave as a free agent in the summer, while Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira could follow suit; Paul Pogba is being linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Adrien Rabiot has emerged as a potential option to Manchester United’s midfield conundrum after being frozen out by Paris Saint-Germain, with the midfielder not playing – or even training – with the first team squad since December.
Although the 24-year-old is a gifted player and has attracted interest from Liverpool and Chelsea, there are concerns over his attitude and behaviour.
The Frenchman has fallen out with a string of managers and even France boss Didier Deschamps, shockingly declining a place on the standby list for last summer’s World Cup, while he infuriated Ligue 1 champions when he went to a nightclub straight after their Champions League loss to Manchester United.
His contract demands have already put off several suitors, with the France international demanding a base salary of £175,000-a-week and a £10million signing-on fee.
The Red Devils can meet those demands, however, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are deciding whether they will make a formal offer for Adrien Rabiot.