Tottenham Hotspur have been given a major boost they needed in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot after he was dropped for his side’s Ligue 1 clash with Marseille at the weekend because of poor timekeeping.
Well, The Mirror reported last month that the north London outfit are ready to enter the bidding for the France international in January, with his contract with the French giants due to expire at the end of the season as things stand.
The 23-year-old, rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, would be available to Spurs on a pre-contract agreement in the New Year which would see him join them for nothing next summer, or they may have to pay a fee to get him for rest of the campaign if PSG decide to cash in.
The midfield certainly looks to be an area that could be a priority for Mauricio Pochettino in January, with Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele said to be surplus to requirements and the likes of Moussa Sissoko not up to starting matches for them.
Rabiot had been a regular under Thomas Tuchel at the Parc des Princes so far this term, but the latest disagreement will surely place a strain upon their relationship.
The 23-year-old won’t be happy about being dropped and it could affect whether he signs a new deal with the Ligue 1 holders or not, which could open the door for someone like Tottenham in January.
The midfielder would certainly bring some real quality to the centre of the park for Pochettino’s side, and he would be a brilliant long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele.
The potential lack of any transfer fee should mean that Daniel Levy can tempt Rabiot with high wages, and it would be a huge coup if he could get a deal over the line.