Juventus have warned potential buyers off trying to sign Adrien Rabiot, with technical co-ordinator Fabio Paratici insisting he’ll stay at the club.
Rabiot has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United in the latest weeks after a frustrating start to life at Bianconeri.
The Frenchman only joined the Serie A side a year ago – signing a four-year deal – but Juventus senior figures are reportedly already losing faith and patience in Rabiot.
Adrien has made just 13 league starts this campaign, but Paratici shot down claims Juventus were ready to sell the player.
‘Let’s not forget that Rabiot is in his first year in Italy, and the first year is always special,’ Fabio told Sky Sport Italia.
‘At the start of the season, we could see the same doubts over Matthijs de Ligt, who happened to be the best defender in the Champions League [with Ajax last season] at the age of 19.
‘Now I see there is a different opinion of him. Rabiot also arrived from PSG after six months of inactivity. He had to catch up with his physical condition.
‘That said, he is a great player, someone who is very important for Juventus today and will be for the future.’
The Frenchman had an acrimonious exit from Paris Saint-Germain following a lengthy stand-off and the star was tipped to join a Premier League side before he joined Juventus.
Arsenal tried and failed to bring in Rabiot in January, while the Bianconeri star’s team-mate Aaron Ramsey has also been mentioned with a move back to the Premier League.
Wolves Raul Jimenez admits it is flattering to hear his name mentioned with the likes of Manchester United in the latest months but insists he remains ‘very happy’ at the Molineux outfit for the time being.
The 29-year-old striker has had a magnificent season at Molineux and set the record for the most goals netted by a Wolves player in a Premier League season when he scored his 14th of the season in the side’s 2-0 win at West Ham United earlier this month.
Raul followed this up with the only goal of the match in Wolves’ victory over Bournemouth last week and his outstanding form across the campaign has won him plenty of admirers, with the likes of the Red Devils, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all credited with an interest.
Serie A side Juventus have also been weighing up an offer for the forward ahead of the summer transfer market.
However, Nuno Espirito Santo wants to keep hold of Jimenez beyond the end of the term and Wolves have responded by slapping a hefty £90 million price tag on the Mexican star.
Quizzed about the speculation surrounding his long-term future, Jimenez told Telemundo: ‘First of all I am very happy here with the Wolves.
‘I am in a place where from the first moment we made an incredible connection.
‘I am no stranger to all that, every day a new team comes out, every day a new offer comes out, I do not know how many millions.
‘It is good to know that they are talking about you, but what I have to do to make that happen is to continue doing my job here with the Wolves.’
Barcelona whizkid Marc Jurado is set to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United after announcing his exit from the Catalan side on social media, Instagram.
The highly-rated 16-year-old ace posted a farewell message on his social media this week to thank the club for aiding his development since he signed for them at the age of seven.
The defender is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the club’s La Masia academy and Metro.co.uk claims United agreed to personal terms with the star earlier this year over a move to Old Trafford.
Blaugrana had been desperate to keep the youngster and offered him a lucrative, long-term contract to stay in Spain but his head was turned by the Red Devils’ offer.
The English side will have to pay a compensation fee to the La Liga side given the club helped train Jurado from a young age but a sum of around £200,000 will be considered a snip for a player of Marc’s potential.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are allegedly close to sealing a deal for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
The Englishman has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time and is widely expected to leave Villa should they suffer relegation come the end of the campaign.
According to The Express, the Red Devils are confident of securing Grealish’s signature and have pinpointed the Villa captain as an ideal replacement for Angel Gomes, whose contract at the club is about to expire.