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Liverpool and Tottenham in transfer tussle for Adrien Rabiot

| 27.12.2014

Reports are rife that Tottenham, 16/1 with Coral to lift the Europa League, and Liverpool (12/1), are ready to go toe-to-toe for the services of PSG starlet Adrien Rabiot.

The highly-rated Frenchman was believed to be a long-term target of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, before the 19-year-old penned a new deal to keep him at the Parc des Princes until 2019.

A France Under-21 international, Rabiot is yet to make his senior Les Bleus bow, but has made almost 50 first-team appearances for PSG.

The Ligue 1 giants are well-stocked in midfield and, despite the youngster’s versatility and potential, there is little scope for him to develop in Paris.

Having made just six appearances across all competitions this season, Rabiot supposedly favours a January switch to ensure further playing time, and could turn to the Premier League to find it.

After spending a portion of his youth career at Manchester City, the precocious talent may now return to British shores with either Liverpool or Tottenham.

Both teams are in need of a boost in the January sales, but Spurs are supposedly leading the chase.

Early reports indicated Mauricio Pochettino was hoping to snare the star on a permanent deal, but rumours have surfaced to suggest that PSG would prefer a loan move.

Keen to keep hold of a home grown talent, Parisians boss Laurent Blanc may allow Rabiot to depart in January on a temporary transfer that could be extended as far as summer 2016.

Tottenham currently have a host of midfielders at their disposal, however, so it is unlikely they would wish to develop another club’s player for such a long length of time without the option to buy.

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds, who may lose Lucas Leiva in the winter window, are also said to be keen on PSG prodidgy Rabiot and could yet swoop in to crash Spurs’ party.

Reportedly valued at around £15m, he could potentially be an excellent stop gap for Liverpool, who are odds-on at 1/9 to finish outside the top four, and have looked lacklustre this season.

A sprinkling of French stardust maybe just what is needed to lift the club, with Rodgers also keen to attract another striker.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.