The transfer window might technically be closed, but transfer news continues to circle the internet. Over the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur were again name-dropped in the same sentence as Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with the club rumored to be one of a few interested.
According to Paris United on Twitter, Tottenham, FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Manchester City have all expressed some sort of interest in Rabiot, whose PSG contract is up at the end of the season. Additionally, ESPN FC reported last week that Liverpool was also in the race to sign Rabiot and have made contact with his mother and agent.
The 23-year-old has yet to sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 champions despite the club’s attempts to keep him around, rating him highly. Per Paris United, the interested clubs would like to speak to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi directly about the player. Paris United has also previously said that the player was in contact with Barcelona over the summer for a move, but never agreed on wages.
That would likely be the sticking point for Tottenham, with Paris United previously saying that Rabiot and company wanted €600,000 a month at Barcelona, coming out to above £130,000 a week. With the refiguration of the wage structure at Tottenham, Harry Kane is reportedly already earning more than that and other teammates may soon join him, but it is unknown whether or not the club would be willing to pay that much to a newcomer.
Rabiot would fit in as a replacement for Mousa Dembélé, or at the very least an option to allow for some more rotation in the midfield. If the 23-year-old comes to Tottenham, it would likely coincide with the departure of Dembélé, whose current deal also expires in the summer of 2019. Though he has started the last two matches for Spurs, he has become difficult to rely on him with constant injuries, and the player himself may want out when his contract is up. In that case, the highly rated Rabiot would make for a more than adequate option should Dembélé leave after the end of the season.