Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested he has no intention of losing Tottenham target Adrien Rabiot, in comments made to RMC.
After failing to sign a single player during the summer transfer window, Mauricio Pochettino’s work towards bolstering his Tottenham Hotspur squad in 2019 has already begun and it seems he is keen to improve his midfield options.
Mousa Dembele’s long-term future is in doubt and Spurs have been widely linked with interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, as a result, with the 23-year-old entering the final 12 months of his contract and available on a free transfer next summer as things stand.
However, Spurs may face a fight in the market to land the France talent as PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested to RMC that he has no intention of allowing the midfielder to leave after making the academy graduate a regular part of his side in the early stages of the season.
“I love working with Rabiot. I really like Adrien, he had a difficult situation when he voluntarily missed the World Cup, but his effort with the team has been maximum, he has not missed any training.
“He can be adapted to any system and if he is physically well he is essential for our approach.
He has great potential and is a player trained in the club. It is very important to have footballers of this nature.”
Rabiot’s versatility in midfield makes him an ideal long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele but securing his services will be a stern challenge, regardless of whether he becomes available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Widely-regarded as one of the best young midfielders in Europe, interest in Rabiot will be high if his contract with PSG expires and Tottenham would likely have to pay premium wages to bring him to North London – which could scupper the club’s strict wage policy.
Equally, Rabiot will be seeking increased wages if he moves on a free due to the reduced market costs for any club he joins and that is also a problem, as is the fact that PSG will command a meteoric price for his services if he pens a new deal.
With the financial implications a move could pose, Tottenham should look for alternatives in the market that would be better suited to their requirements.