Adrien Rabiot is available again, two years after Liverpool reportedly failed to sign him. The Frenchman might just be an option this summer.
Rabiot was coming to the end of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and available for next to nothing that January. He’d be free the following summer, of course.
Teams were looking at a 24-year-old international and serial title-winner, then. Just about anyone could have made room for that.
Now, we weren’t 100 per cent sure on Liverpool signing him. They’d just brought in Naby Keita, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was recovering from injury.
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It seemed strange to sign Rabiot when those two still needed chances. Then Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum were already there starting in midfield.
It turned out that was a Champions League-winning midfield that season, too, and later a Premier League-winning one. Liverpool didn’t seem to need Rabiot.
Juventus signed him instead, though he never really established himself. And now la Repubblica claims Rabiot is up for sale this summer.
Adrien Rabiot is up for sale
It follows on from a Football Italia report that claimed Juventus wanted to sell several stars this summer, including the Frenchman.
This time around, Rabiot makes more sense. Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain have had their chances and haven’t established themselves.
Then there’s Wijnaldum’s contract situation that will surely see him leave for nothing this summer. There is undeniably a fairly prominent place in the squad available for a midfielder.
At 26, Rabiot would be entering his prime – something few Liverpool midfielders are doing. Most are leaving theirs or, as with Curtis Jones, a long way from entering it.
We think Liverpool could get four or five really good years out of Rabiot, then. If the deal is there to be done, reigniting their interest makes a lot of sense.