With the transfer window in full swing, could outside circumstances lead to Liverpool signing Adrien Rabiot this summer?
The Reds are in need of a central midfielder to replace Gini Wijnaldum.
However, they need to offload some fringe players before they can afford to bring one in.
One of these players linked with a move away is Marko Grujic.
The club clearly do not feel that he is good enough to fill Wijnaldum’s boots at present, so are trying to sell him on to increase the transfer kitty.
So if Grujic joins Sassuolo, it will allow Locatelli to join Juventus, which means that the Old Lady may be willing to allow one of their midfielders to leave.
They already have Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur, Aaron Ramsey, Arthur and Weston McKennie in that position. Surely at least one of those will have to depart to make room for the Italian.
So, with Liverpool needing a midfielder, are any of these worth a look?
In our opinion, the club should assess each of them, but Rabiot is the outstanding candidate.
Rabiot to Liverpool makes sense from an on-pitch standpoint
On paper, Rabiot to Liverpool makes plenty of sense.
He is a good age, at 26, and is a top player in numerous midfield roles.
He impressed for France at Euro 2020, demonstrating a willingness to play for the team that he has not really shown in his earlier career.
Rabiot has always had immense talent, he just lacked the right attitude. Now, it looks like he may have fixed the issue.
The ex-PSG man is incredibly well-rounded. He excels at all aspects of midfield play, with the ability to play as a No 6 and as a No 8.
Last season, Rabiot scored four Serie A goals and got two assists. He took over a shot per-90, completed 90.4% of his passes and made four tackles and interceptions per-90.
At 6’2″, he would be another tall player in the Liverpool side.
Considering the fact that he was signed on a free transfer and with Locatelli coming in, Juventus would surely let Rabiot go if a good offer arrived.
From an on-field perspective, he would be perfect.
The issues come off the pitch, namely with his controversial mother. She has been involved in no shortage of incidents throughout her son’s career, including clashing with his teammate’s parents after France’s Euro 2020 exit.
Jurgen Klopp is big on signing good people for the squad, as well as good players.
This may see him overlook Rabiot, despite how perfect he would be.