PSG's Adrien Rabiot Has Reportedly Said 'Yes' to Joining Barcelona Next Summer

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2018

Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Paris St Germain and SSC Napoli at the Parc des Princes on October 24, 2018 in Paris, France(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot reportedly wants to sign for Barcelona next summer when his contract expires and has already given an informal "yes" to joining them. 

Per Sport Witness' Naveen Ullal, the story has made Tuesday's cover of Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo:

Mundo Deportivo @mundodeportivo

Aquí está nuestra portada de este martes https://t.co/Jd6kLel2qD https://t.co/0JIxEtBakg

It is said the prospect of joining Barca "seduces" Rabiot, and the club have been in contact with his mother—who also represents him as his agent—though they have not come to a formal agreement as that must wait until January.

Rabiot has been linked with Barcelona since the summer and can sign a pre-contract with them in the new year if he continues to run down his contract at the Parc des Princes.

French football writer Rich Allen hasn't been impressed with the 22-year-old of late, though:

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After Adrien Rabiot rejected another contract offer from PSG, Sport claim Barcelona are favourites to sign him come January when he'll be free to discuss a deal (contract expires in June 2019). He's been such a disappointment on & off the pitch over the last 18 months.

Rabiot has not featured for France since before the FIFA World Cup after he refused to be on the standby list for Didier Deschamps' squad. In October, he and Kylian Mbappe were late to a PSG team meeting which saw them start the Parisians' 2-0 win over Marseille on the bench.

However, as a free transfer, he'd be a low-risk acquisition, and Barca would hope the move will reignite his career, because the Frenchman has the makings of a very good player.

Rabiot is one of PSG's chief distributors in midfield, and he's graceful when travelling with the ball at his feet, allowing him to evade opponents when they try to shut him down.

He's excellent at regaining possession, too, per Scouted Football:

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Highest tackle success rate in Europe's top five leagues this season - minimum 25 tackles won: 96.9% • 🇮🇹 Nicola Murru (23) 96.3% • 🇮🇹 Armando Izzo 95.7% • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Aaron Wan-Bissaka (20) 94.6% • 🇦🇹 Martin Hinteregger 93.6% • 🇫🇷 Adrien Rabiot (23) Absurdly efficient. https://t.co/Eflw5Wfn8w

The midfielder could be a shrewd signing for Barcelona, and on a free transfer he could prove to be an excellent bit of business.

Losing him for nothing would be a blow to PSG, as he could otherwise have fetched a healthy transfer fee, but their loss could be Barca's gain.