Manchester United Football Director John Murtough is in Turin attempting to engineer the move which will see Adrien Rabiot move to Old Trafford.
Murtough has made another trip across the continent as United’s desperate search for midfield reinforcements continues. He will be hoping for a better time than his ultimately unsuccessful trip to Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong earlier this summer.
On that occasion, Murtough was flanked by United CEO Richard Arnold in order to engineer a move for Erik ten Hag’s top transfer target.
Unfortunately for the new Red Devils boss, Murtough and Arnold came back empty handed and a month later, their hopes of signing De Jong are hanging by a thread.
The Dutchman’s precarious situation at the Camp Nou looks set to come to a head in the coming weeks, but his most likely destination now appears to be Stamford Bridge and Chelsea.
In fact, recent reports claim that United are ready to admit defeat in their pursuit of the Netherlands international as yet another embarrassing and unsuccessful transfer saga reaches its conclusion.
That means United are now looking at potential alternatives to the 25-year-old, with Juventus midfielder Rabiot right at the top of their wishlist. Ten Hag was given a first-hand glimpse at the need for new signings in the middle of the park, after Scott McTominay and Fred failed to deliver during the dismal opening day defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford.
With the desperation to find solutions only increasing, United have turned their attention to French international Rabiot. It is believed that a fee in the region of £15million has already been agreed with the Bianconeri, with personal terms now standing in the way of an imminent transfer.
That could yet prove to be a tall hurdle to clear however, with his agent and mother Veronique Rabiot famed for her tenacious approach to negotiations. Earlier this week it emerged that Veronique had made it clear she would only deal with Murtough instead of any other intermediary.
That demand has been met with Murtough touching down in Italy on Thursday, with Juve News 24 snapping the United chief ahead of talks with the agent. However, there is still said to be plenty of work to be done before a deal is completed.