Tottenham Hotspur have long been linked with a move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The Daily Express recently reported that Spurs were still interested in the France international despite a £20million deal collapsing in January.
They are, according to the report, worried about the prospect of the move being hijacked, however, with Liverpool and Barcelona both interested in Rabiot, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences of Spurs landing the midfielder ahead of their two rivals…
Spurs have never paid the big wages. Harry Kane, per the Daily Telegraph, earns £200,000-per-week, having signed a new contract in June of 2018.
Acquiescing to those demands and signing Rabiot would surely signal a change in policy by Spurs, and would likely lead to a flood of new contracts for key players wanting parity.
Intrigue abounds regarding the future of Eriksen at Spurs.
He has yet to commit his future to the club and The Independent report that Real Madrid have initiated contact over a potential transfer.
Eriksen, after all, is one of the finest attacking midfielders in Europe, and it is no surprise that truly elite clubs are circling.
One imagines that he will not be allowed to leave the club without a suitable replacement being found and, while Rabiot is a deeper-lying player, bringing him in would soften the blow of the Denmark international potentially leaving. The Frenchman too, can control and dictate play with the ball.
The aforementioned report claims that a deal could be worth £100m, and that money would go some way to meeting Rabiot’s reported wage demands.
Indeed, it would likely add a pretty healthy signing-on bonus too.
Rabiot would join Spurs on a free transfer if a deal were to happen.
Of course, no free transfer is every truly free if a player is being paid a weekly wage but the deal would surely appeal to chairman Daniel Levy, famously strict when it comes to handing over wads of cash.
It would also leave plenty of money left over to strengthen in other areas.
A new defender is likely to be needed this summer in case Toby Alderweireld departs – his contract holds a clause allowing him to leave the club if an interested party makes a £25m bid – while the club are also thin on the wing.
Erik Lamela, indeed, does not appear to be of the required quality to play for the club, with Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura the only other options.
Recruiting a midfielder for nothing, then, would ensure that Levy has the ammunition needed to properly strengthen the squad and retool Spurs ahead of the 2019-20 season, when they are likely to be playing at the new White Hart Lane.