With Kevin Strootman, Miralem Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan on board, Roma's midfield was locked and loaded last year, so when word started to trickle out that the Giallorossi were not only pursuing but were inches away from signing PSG wunderkind Adrien Rabiot, we all sort of scratched our collective heads. Sure, he was a hell of a prospect, but why on earth would Roma add to an already stocked position, especially when young players tend to ride the pine in this regime?
Well, the intervening months haven't been so kind to Roma's midfield. Strootman has re-re-reinjured his knee, putting his 2015-2016 season, and possibly his career, in doubt, Pjanic and Nainggolan have gone through their usual ups and downs while De Rossi is now a de facto defender.
Granted, the proximity of Rabiot to Roma was hard to pin down, and may have been unduly influenced by his dear mother, but, given what we just discussed, it's not hard to imagine where he would've fit in with this year's squad. Of course, he may have also just filled Garcia's aphro quota on the bench, we'll never know.
And hey, look at that, Roma are once again after Rabiot, who is all of 20-years-old. Complicating matters somewhat is the extension Rabiot recently signed with PSG, keeping him in the City of Lights through 2019. However, as is often the case with that club, he's having a whale of a time getting off the bench, garnering only one league start.
With all that in mind, and presumably to fund their chase for next summer's big thing, PSG may...may...make Rabiot available this winter, with Juventus and Chelsea reportedly joining Roma in the Rabiot chase.
What that would mean for the future of Roma's other young midfielders is anyone's guess, but this kid is undoubtedly talented and Garcia has a way with the young French kids, so this could be a match made in heaven.