Sport reports that Liverpool have attempted to complete a late January move for Adrien Rabiot.
They’re not alone in that, however, as Tottenham Hotspur have allegedly tried the same.
Sport say both teams are trying to capitalise on Paris Saint-Germain’s desire to sell the Frenchman this month. Although, both are struggling, apparently.
Instead, Liverpool and Spurs will both work on a summer deal for Rabiot if they can’t complete one before the January deadline.
Who is Adrien Rabiot?
You likely already know the answer to that but we went into detail on Rabiot and his situation earlier in the week.
In short, Rabiot is a very good centre midfielder who is out of contract in the summer. PSG have suspended him from their first-team over his reluctance to sign a new deal and want to sell him in January.
Rabiot, on the other hand, is hesitant to move now. Presumably, that’s because he’d miss out on greater options and a nice signing on fee.
Do Liverpool need Adrien Rabiot?
Now? No. There’s little benefit to signing a midfielder now when there are so many options at the club.
The only reason for bolstering the midfield in January would be if circumstances have drastically changed.
Jurgen Klopp would have to give up on Naby Keita or decide that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t play this season. Nothing suggests that either is the case.
In the summer, maybe. Liverpool may have a proper look at their midfield options then. Adam Lallana is unlikely to get back into the first-team, James Milner will be nearly 34, and it will be interesting to see how much faith remains in Keita after his slow start.
How likely is it?
There’s a chance that Liverpool are working towards a free transfer for the end of the season. As for a deadline-day move, that seems very, very unlikely.