Barcelona Favourites To Sign Adrien Rabiot Amid PSG Feud
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is at the centre of a contract row with the Ligue 1 leaders and Barcelona are reportedly monitoring his situation.
The France international was left out of PSG’s win over Orleans on Tuesday and has been told he will not play for the club again if he does not sign a new contract.
His existing deal runs out next summer and FIFPro, who represent professional footballers all over the world, have backed the 23-year-old’s right to run down his contract.
PSG’s unusual treatment of their player has courted negative press in France and admirers Barcelona are thought to be revitalising their interest having expressed their desire to sign him last summer.
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The La Liga champions are in pole position to sign the Frenchman for free in the summer, but bookmakers suggest they may take measures to buy him in January, with Paddy Power going as short as 5/2 on him being a Barcelona player by February 1, 2019.
Arsenal are thought to be keen too, but at 8/1 they are not expected to prove much of a problem for Barcelona, while Liverpool – who have reportedly expressed interest in Rabiot before – are also outsiders at 10/1.
Rabiot’s agent, his mother Veronique Rabiot, has admitted they are aware of Barcelona’s interest, but she insists they will not speak to any suitors until legally obliged.
Rabiot’s Agent Speaks Out
"We're not allowed to talk to any club until 1 January and I will not discuss with any club before 1 January," she told French radio station RTL, per the BBC.
"During the transfer window of summer, I had told Mr Henrique [PSG's sporting director Antero Henrique] that I wanted Adrien on the transfer list and he wanted to leave.
"The club did not want to sell Adrien. There was a proposal from Barcelona during the transfer window - the club refused. The club has the full right to refuse, but we cannot say he was not aware.
"The situation was the same four years ago. When Adrien was 19, he did not resist and signed an extension. Now he is 23. What he is doing now is buying his freedom.
"It is firm and definitive. It is impossible to go back."
Chelsea (12/1), Manchester United (16/1) and Juventus (20/1) are all big outsiders in the race for his much-coveted signature.
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