Adrien Rabiot is following the Eric Cantona route out of France by burning his bridges on his way out.
Rabiot has infuriated PSG fans and the club hierarchy with his behaviour over the past few months, sparking transfer links to Manchester United [The Sun]
He has been angling for a move, letting his contract wind down, and was seen out partying after United’s win in Paris.
The Guardian report how Rabiot also liked a Patrice Evra tweet mocking PSG, has been banished to the reserves. He has used his agent mother to publicly vent about his treatment, claiming he is ‘being held prisoner’.
He also angered the French Football Federation by refusing to be a stand by for the World Cup last summer.
So is his behaviour reason for United to steer clear? Not really.
The last time United signed a controversial Frenchman who burned all his bridges in France, it worked out spectacularly.
Eric Cantona’s behaviour across the Channel was even worse. He fought with teammates, publicly swore at his coach, and was banned for throwing a ball at a referee.
By time he left France he had burned all his bridges. Rabiot’s list of offences are small fry compared, but he finds himself in the same predicament. He has nowhere left to turn other than move abroad.
On the pitch Rabiot is different to Cantona in that he is a more workmanlike midfielder in comparison to Cantona’s abrasive and spectacular attacking style.
Yet he plays in a position where United need to strengthen, as an alternative to Nemanja Matic, and he is available on a free transfer.
Any player with a chequered history of falling out with their club will raise doubts.
United have gambled before and it has paid off. It might not be so bad for the Red Devils to take the risk on Rabiot.