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Milan reportedly holding talks with representatives from PSG’s contract holdout Adrien Rabiot

Rabiot is set to be free agent at the end of the season and has refused to sign a new contract

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So, this would be an interesting development.

AC Milan are reportedly speaking with the representatives of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The 23 year-old midfielder has come up through the youth system at PSG and broken into the first team at a club that hasn’t been shy about spending large sums of money to buy the best players available at any position.

Besides a loan move in 2012-13 to Toulouse, Rabiot has spent his entire career at PSG, so any move away from the French giants would be seen as a surprise.

Leonardo and Paolo Maldini of Milan have reportedly been laying the groundwork for either a free transfer or a cut-price move in the January transfer window.

Before coming back to Milan, Leonardo spent time as an executive with PSG and would be familiar with both Rabiot and his representatives, so this move isn’t entirely surprising, if not ambitious.

Elliott Management has given the direction to the club to restore Milan back to its former glory, and the landing of Rabiot on a free or reduced price transfer would go along way towards accomplishing that. 23 year-old star midfielders rarely leave Champions League contenders, but if Rabiot wants to leave, there will be little that PSG can do to stop him from leaving when his contract is up.

PSG has spent a ton of money in the past two windows to land both Neymar and Kylian MBappe, and even under their rather laughable UEFA FFP conditions, they might not be able or willing to afford the wage demands of Rabiot.

Under Leonardo and Maldini, Milan have been willing to make bold moves, as they sent Leonardo Bonucci back to Juventus in order to land Mattia Caldara and Gonzalo Higuain, and this sort of swing-for-the-fences move to Rabiot is exactly the kind of move that Milan used to be able to pull off, and the kind of move that Leonardo and Maldini need to pull off to bring Milan back to the glory days.