According to Calciomercato, the Reds are in talks to land a swap deal for the Frenchman which could include either Roberto Firmino or Naby Keita.
As per the report, in conversations between the Merseysiders and the Serie A giants, one of those Liverpool stars could be offered as a bargaining chip to get a deal done to sign the Juve midfielder this summer.
With both Keita’s and Firmino’s contracts expiring in a year’s time, it could be a great opportunity to use either of them in a potential swap deal to strengthen the Reds’ midfield with a fresh face.
Liverpool are reportedly making the midfield a priority in the transfer window following the signing of Darwin Nunez. With Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner all in their 30s, it is clearly an area that FSG want to address for the future.
Last season, Rabiot delivered two assists and created two big chances in Serie A, along with making two tackles and one clearance per game, winning the majority of his duels (59%) and completing the vast majority of his dribble attempts (77%).
The £15m-valued Liverpool target was previous dubbed “exceptional” by Zinedine Zidane, who was impressed with Rabiot’s performance again Barcelona in the Champions League in 2017, saying: “It is true that Rabiot was exceptional.”
Klopp could even land his very own Camavinga in the 27-year-old, as the Real Madrid star has been one of the most comparable players over the last season to Rabiot according to FBRef.
Despite the teenager scoring more goals (two) and having a better shots on target accuracy (41.7%), in terms of central midfield attributes the Juventus ace offers better pass completion (861), greater success in his pressures (32.6%) and more touches in every area of the pitch, illustrating that he can provide a complete midfield performance (as per FBRef).
It has been reported that FSG are working on extending Naby Keita’s contract so that he will remain at the club beyond next season, but there has been no word on a new deal for Firmino so far, so the latter could be the ideal player to use in the Reds’ efforts to sign Rabiot this summer.
Signing Rabiot would be a great deal for Liverpool in terms of strengthening their midfield this summer, but they will need to weigh up their options when it comes to including one of their own players in any prospective swap deal.