Liverpool, one of the prime title contenders this season, were off to a flying start defeating West Ham United by 4-0 at Anfield and their summer spending spree seems to have worked out well based on the early impression. Yet the Reds are still busy in business work and if the report from L’Equipe is believed to be true, they are hoping to land Adrien Rabiot from Paris St-Germain on a pre-contract agreement in January, with a view to him joining next summer on a Bosman transfer.
Rabiot, currently tied down at Parc des Princes until summer 2019, has turned down several contract extension offers amid interests from Barcelona as well as Liverpool. The France international midfielder missed out a place in his nation’s World Cup winning squad but has regularly featured for the Ligue 1 giants appearing 209 times so far since signing his first professional contract back in 2012 after spending a couple of years in their youth ranks.
The 23-year-old midfield prodigy has notched 23 goals including last night’s strike against Caen in the league opener but prefers to orchestrate the game from a central role with box-to-box movements and switching the play using the width of the pitch. He has a strong left foot, great sense of passing, vision and footwork but looks lethargic at times that must be improved if he prefers to be a part of Klopp’s ‘heavy metal football’.
The transfer window has been slammed shut on 9th August in England, therefore, refrained the Reds from roping him in this summer. Barcelona, meanwhile, are looking to strengthen themselves further in midfield and might seek a move for Rabiot before their 31st August’s deadline. PSG, too, will prefer to receive a transfer fee over letting him leave for free next year and the Catalans, eyeing back to back La Liga glory, are set to wrap up such a quality resource at a much lower price compared to current market value.
The Reds, however, will have a lifeline if Barca don’t bid for him this month and are likely to lure in the French sensation who previously expressed his desire to play in Premier League and also shared his love for Liverpool, a club that he has supported since his boyhood days.