Adrien Rabiot is almost certain to end up at Barcelona, either in January for a cut-rate fee or in the summer on a free when his current deal with Paris Saint-Germain expires. If the Ligue 1 big spenders get their way, though, a move to Liverpool could still be on.
Or at least L’Equipe seem to think so, claiming PSG continue to discuss Rabiot’s future with Liverpool, Tottenham, and Juventus—with the Reds his most likely alternate destination. The most likely destination, though, remains the current La Liga frontrunners.
In fact, all signs point to a deal with the player having been agreed for some time—rather to PSG’s annoyance, which is a big part of why they would now rather sell Rabiot elsewhere in January if they can manage it rather than see him end up at Barcelona.
PSG’s sporting director has complained Barcelona “don’t follow the rules” in the market, suggesting they agreed personal terms with Rabiot over the summer before coming to PSG and trying to get them to accept a “ridiculous” offer for him on deadline day.
Barcelona are believed to have kept in contact with Rabiot with an eye to either a January move or a free transfer in the summer, but there have been talks with other clubs, and Liverpool more than most. Or at least that’s the story as L’Equipe are selling it.
It’s far more likely, though, that Barcelona will announce a pre-agreement with Rabiot as soon as they can and then work on getting him on the cheap in January with his future settled and PSG facing the certainty of losing for nothing in the summer.