Paris Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has rejected a January switch to Tottenham Hotspur, as he hopes to join Premier League rivals Liverpool ins the summer instead.
The player is out of contract in the summer, and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had been expected to swoop with a cut-price offer, but according to L’Equipe the 23-year-old is willing to run down his contract and ensure he has his pick of clubs in the summer – with Anfield his preferred destination.
The decision has not gone down well with PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, and Rabiot has been forced to train with the club’s under-23 squad for the past month. The French club appear to be determined not to lose the player for free and have reportedly been trying to secure a deal during this transfer window.
Pochettino is been eager to strengthen his Tottenham squad following recent injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and were reported to have offered a lucrative contract to tempt the Frenchman into signing, but it seems the Klopp revolution is proving a bigger pull for a player already at one of the world’s top clubs & no doubt keen to remain at that level.
Barcelona has also been linked with a move, but speculation on that front has dried up since the Catalan club signed another midfielder in Frenkie De Jong this week. This left Liverpool and Tottenham as the two clubs seriously linked with the player.
It was reported that Pochettino was ready to guarantee the midfielder a starting role and that former team-mates Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura had also tried to convince him to make the switch, but his camp have now officially declined a move to north London with the club’s trophy-winning credentials believed to be the sticking point.
Whilst this has left the media speculating that a summer switch to Anfield is on the cards, it is yet to be seen if the club actually need or want the player. Central midfield certainly isn’t the weakest area of the Liverpool squad, with Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Fabinho & James Milner all competing for a place – with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to return to the side as well.
The rumours continue to roll though, with the footy predictions for today again backing the player to be plying his trade for the Reds next season, so maybe there is something in the speculation that refuses to die.
Rabiot has spent seven seasons at the Parc des Princes, scoring 24 times in 227 appearances.