By Saikat Mandal

23rd Nov, 2022 | 8:30pm

Everton must reignite interest to sign Adrien Rabiot in January after World Cup display

Everton need to bolster their midfield this summer, and they should look to bring Juventus star Adrien Rabiot to the club in January. 

The 27-year-old midfielder scored the opening goal for France as they won 4-1 against Australia in their World Cup opening game on 22 November. 

The Toffees were linked with Rabiot in the summer transfer window, with JuveDipendenza reporting on 8 July that a swap deal involving Rabiot and Andre Gomes could be on the cards. 

In the end, the deal didn’t materialise as Rabiot stayed on, while Gomes left the club to join Liege 1 side Lille on loan. 

Fabrizio Romano reported on 8 November that he is not absolutely sure whether Rabiot will leave the Old Lady in the January window. He is a key player for Juventus, but he has a contract at the club until the end of the season. 

Rabiot will probably look for a big salary, and the Toffees must show the ambition to bring him to Goodison Park. The club should sell fringe players like Yerry Mina, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Michael Keane, and make room for new additions. 

The midfield is one of the areas that need bolstering in January. Idrissa Gueye has played regularly under Frank Lampard but he is a shadow of the player he once was. 

The Toffees need a class defensive midfielder, and Rabiot fits all the bill. He can transform the Toffees, and take them to the top half of the table. Kevin Thelwell must come up with a tempting offer to bring Rabiot to the Premier League. 

Everton cannot offer him European football at present, but Rabiot could be tempted to move to the Premier League. His display for France is a timely reminder that the Toffees must not miss out on him in January.