Tottenham trying to hijack deal for Adrien Rabiot as Frenchman attracts Europe’s best

According to France Football, Tottenham are trying to hijack Barcelona and Bayern Munich’s proposed interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who has been frozen out by the French giants after making it clear that he will not sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes – as reported by Sky Sports.

What’s the word, then?

Well, France Football reports that Rabiot, who has even been exiled from training, is a target for Bayern Munich and Barcelona due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, however, has been the subject of late interest from Tottenham, with boss Mauricio Pochettino said to have spoken to the France international in a bid to convince him to move to north London.

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What are Spurs’ chances of signing him?

Rabiot has not featured for the reigning Ligue 1 champions since December 11th against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, having been exiled by Thomas Tuchel and even made to train with the Under-23’s.

Spurs and Pochettino will have to pull off the hijack of all hijacks if they are to lure Rabiot to the new White Hart Lane, especially after Barcelona appeared to make the most significant headway on the promising midfielder’s signature at the start of the month (as per the Guardian).

If they do manage to nab him off the European heavyweights, Pochettino will have seriously amended a huge problem in his team as the midfield is looking lighter and lighter following the departure of Mousa Dembele to Guangzhou R&F, as per the club’s official site.

A move for Rabiot would also see Victor Wanyama’s game time hit hard, and could even result in the Kenyan international leaving as Spurs have already decided that they’re open to offers for the injury-stricken midfielder, according to the Daily Mail.

However, if Spurs do tie up Rabiot, it would also be a hugely controversial move in terms of the youngster’s character and attitude.

He is quickly becoming viewed as an egotistical player with an odd sense of entitlement, that perception being strengthened by his refusal to be on France’s standby list for the World Cup having missed out on the final 23-man squad (as per the BBC).