Arsenal: Arsene Wenger's Huge Transfer Move For PSG Star Revealed

Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot
PSG and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot at the Michel d'Ornano stadium, Caen, France, September 6. Rabiot was the subject of an approach from Arsenal in the spring of 2014. Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ended up with a pretty productive summer in the transfer market, confounding supporters' fears that his squad might again end up too thin on numbers for an English Premier League title challenge.

Wenger signed Granit Xhaka, the midfielder from Borussia Monchengladbach, and followed that up with an active transfer deadline day with the signatures of forward Lucas Perez and defender Shkodran Mustafi.

But if events had turned out differently two years ago, Wenger might not have needed to address his midfield this summer.

Le Parisien claims Wenger made an approach for Adrien Rabiot, the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, during the spring of 2014.

Rabiot's entourage was apparently interested in moving to Arsenal, but Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari PSG President, was against the transfer.

The 21-year-old Rabiot instead continued his PSG career, and was impressive during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Wenger recently revealed he had turned down three separate approaches to become PSG manager, with France's richest club known to have desired his services for several seasons.

Rabiot is young enough that a Premier League move may still materialize in the future, though if he did move to Arsenal, it might be under a different manager than Wenger. The 66-year-old is out of contract at Emirates Stadium at the end of the 2016-17 season and a new contract has yet to be agreed.