Tottenham are getting ready to join the hunt for Adrien Rabiot’s services and will move for the France midfielder in January, The Mirror reports.
After going the entire summer window without signing anyone, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to open his wallet in January to bolster his top-four chasing side with the addition of a new midfielder, as the club prepares for the expected loss of Mousa Dembele.
According to The Mirror, this has lead Spurs to set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain’s contract rebel, who has rejected numerous proposals from the Ligue 1 champions and is increasingly likely to leave in 2019.
Rabiot’s current deal expires at the end of the season and PSG may look to offload the highly-coveted midfielder in January in order to receive a fee for his services, although the 23-year-old, rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, will be free to speak to clubs outside of France regarding a pre-contractual agreement.
Tottenham are in need of better options in midfield, particularly with the expected loss of the versatile Dembele at the end of the season, but securing a deal for Rabiot may be difficult for a number of reasons – the major sticking point being his wages.
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Regarded as one of the finest young midfielders in Europe, Rabiot will command a high price for his services and can seek an even bigger contract if he leaves PSG for nothing next year as his suitors will not have to pay a transfer fee.
Spurs have a very strict wage structure and signing Rabiot would break the mould, which would then cause Mauricio Pochettino’s side problems as other players within the squad may seek a pay increase as a result – which the Lilywhites cannot afford.