Newcastle a ‘concrete’ option for Adrien Rabiot as Amanda Staveley plots first major deal

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Newcastle United is a ‘concrete’ option for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports. Newcastle’s new owners are set to hand manager Eddie Howe money to spend in the January transfer window. And Rabiot could be the first player through the door.

Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League table, level on points with bottom side Norwich.

Former Bournemouth boss Howe has a huge task on his hands to keep the Magpies in the top flight.

Co-owner Amanda Staveley said this week that funds will be available in order to help Howe.

Juventus ace Rabiot has been linked with Newcastle in recent days.

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And Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims the interest is solid.

The report says Rabiot could leave Juventus for as little as £8.5million, rising to £12.8m.

Rabiot’s career has stalled somewhat in recent years and Newcastle could offer him a fresh opportunity.

The midfielder is still only 26 and has just over 18 months remaining on his Juve contract.

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Rabiot has earned a regular spot back in the France squad this year and was at Euro 2020.

Following Howe’s appointment this week, Staveley confirmed plans for the January window have already begun.

“We are preparing for the January transfer window,” she told the club’s official website.

“It’s not a window we would ordinarily want to invest in, because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that’s something that is important at the moment.”

Staveley says she knew how important the January window would be for Newcastle before buying the club.

And she believes Howe is the right manager to lead the club’s revolution.

Staveley added: “It would have been an easy decision for us not to buy the club, just to wait until post-Christmas and post the January window and see where the club was in the league, and then make the acquisition.

“That would have been the safe investment bet, but we didn’t do that, we decided if we didn’t do it now it wasn’t going to happen and we had to take that risk.

“We took that risk because the club was sitting in 19th position at the time and Eddie took the job knowing there was that risk.

“We had to have someone leading the club who was not frightened of relegation.

“Obviously he has had an incredible impact on Bournemouth and I think we were impressed with the fact he’s done all that on quite limited resources.

“It’s very easy to win trophies if you’ve got a lot of money, or a lot of infrastructure or a lot of people.

“But when you are limited by those factors, his success really shone out.”

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