Both Tottenham and Liverpool have been linked with a move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, and Spurs must make sure they win the race for his signature.
According to L’Equipe, Rabiot has rejected a new contract in Paris as he enters the last 12 months of his contract.
The wiry midfielder was linked with a move to North London this summer, and the race is now on to sign him on a pre-contract in January.
Various reports have linked Liverpool with a move for the Frenchman, as Jürgen Klopp seeks to fill that third position in his midfield.
The Reds’ boss signed Naby Keita and Fabinho this summer, but the failure to land Nabil Fekir means there is an open spot in Klopp’s 4-3-3.
Rabiot did post on social media about his love for Anfield earlier this year, but Tottenham absolutely must jump ahead of the Reds in the race for a pre-contract agreement.
Very rarely will you find a world class player that’s available on a free signing, and locking up the midfielder in January could atone for Tottenham’s lacklustre summer window.
Tottenham fans were incredibly frustrated with their lack of business this summer, and undoubtedly the biggest cause for concern is the midfield. Mousa Dembele is entering the last year of his contract, Victor Wanyama is solid but not game-changing, the same could be said for Eric Dier, and let’s not even get into Moussa Sissoko.
Signing Rabiot would give Pochettino an instant replacement for the departing Dembele, and the perfect signing to make Tottenham’s attack even better. The 6 ft 2 in midfielder is incredible technically gifted, and is one of the best young passers in world football.
While he plays as a defensive midfielder, his game-reading ability and superb technique would help build attacks from deep, and allow the likes of Christian Eriksen to roam freely and create chances.
His Ligue 1 stats for PSG last season speak for themselves, averaging nearly two tackles per game, winning one aerial duel per game, boasting a 92 per cent pass completion rate and creating nearly one chance per game.
Rabiot is tall, strong, athletic, smart, extremely gifted with the ball at his feet and at just 23 has already won multiple league titles. Beating Liverpool to his signature would be a huge coup, and would make Daniel Levy a hero after his troublesome summer.
So, Tottenham fans, would you like to make a move for Rabiot in January? Can you beat Liverpool to his signature? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…