PSG Transfer News: Barcelona Face AC Milan Competition for Adrien Rabiot

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2018

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 25:  Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain runs with the ball during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers SCO at Parc des Princes on August 25, 2018 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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Adrien Rabiot's future at Paris Saint-Germain beyond next summer remains uncertain, with Barcelona reportedly "confident" of wrapping up a deal for the midfielder.

Barca may be bullish about their chances, but AC Milan are also "dreaming" of acquiring the midfielder, according to Kaustubh Pandey of CalcioMercato. Pandey noted how the presence of Leonardo, once a director at PSG, could give the Rossoneri hope.

Leonardo is the sporting director in Milan, but previously held a similar role in the French capital. The Brazilian helped convince Rabiot to sign professional terms with Les Parisiens, thanks in part to a good working relationship with the player's mother, who also acts as his agent, according to Pandey.

Leonardo's presence may appear to give Milan an edge, but Barca have been on the case for a while. A report from Mundo Deportivo (h/t John Hutchinson of The Sun) has the Blaugrana likely to conclude a free-transfer swoop for Rabiot, alongside a deal for burgeoning Ajax talent Frenkie de Jong.

Barca haven't been shy about declaring interest in Rabiot, with PSG even threatening to report the Camp Nou club to FIFA last month over allegations of tapping up, per Sport (h/t Sport Witness):

Sport Witness @Sport_Witness

Barcelona said to be at 'total war' with PSG over Adrien Rabiot, after French club push FIFA threat. https://t.co/NvsCMy1nif #fcblive #psg https://t.co/G99RPrBltd

Milan and Barcelona aren't the only clubs showing interest in Rabiot, with Premier League giants Liverpool also reportedly emerging as a suitor. ESPN FC's Julien Laurens said Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has "already spoken" to the player about a potential deal.

Interested parties want to take advantage of Rabiot being available on a free transfer next summer. The 23-year-old has already said no to extending his deal at the Parc des Princes, per L'Equipe (h/t The Sun's Alex Terrell).

Such a lengthy queue of interested teams is hardly a surprise since Rabiot has the attributes to succeed at any top club. Specifically, few midfielders can match his efficiency and technique in possession:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Adrien Rabiot: Has made more accurate passes (2310) than any other player aged 23 and under since the start of the 2017/18 Ligue 1 season For more player stats -- https://t.co/nUqlEYIOtY https://t.co/QRXk3wqpaN

Those attributes have seen him feature regularly on Tuchel's watch despite his contract status. Rabiot has helped himself to a couple of goals in eight starts and continues to be an asset for PSG's slick brand of football.

Given his value, Les Parisiens would be wise to make another attempt to convince Rabiot to stay, even though the competition for his signature makes an exit seem increasingly likely.


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