Paper Talk: Liverpool hold multiple meetings in secret bid to lure PSG star

Date published: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 8:14

Liverpool are secretly plotting a huge January transfer coup, while there could be a surprise summer switch for Manchester United veteran Ashley Young, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.



Liverpool are working hard behind the scenes to secure the transfer of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot this month, according to reports.

The France midfielder is set to leave the Ligue 1 giants this month, with PSG eager to secure some sort of fee for a man who will be out of contract at the end of the season and has refused to sign an extension at the Parc des Princes.

The 23-year-old was expected to sign for Barcelona, but according to  L’Equipe – via the Daily Express – ‘several meetings’ have been held to discuss a potential move from Paris to Merseyside.

Rabiot has admitted in the past that he grew up supporting the Reds, and although there is no word at this stage whether the player himself was present at the meetings, it is thought PSG could allow him to move on for a fee of around £8m – £10million this month.

Any package, however, to sign Rabiot won’t come cheap: the player is said to want wages of around £180,000 a week, while it’s also claimed he’s demanding a hefty signing-on fee of around €10m (£8.9m).

Rabiot has been banned from the PSG dressing room until the saga is resolved, while the club’s sporting director Antero Henrique insists the club will not be making any further contract offers to the player after he rejected their offers on numerous occasions.

“At this point, no [there will be no more offers],” he said.

“The club decided this after a meeting that I had with the player.

“The player informed me that he will not be signing a new contract and that he wants to leave the club as a free agent at the end of the season.

“For the player, the consequences are clear – he is indefinitely benched.

“A few months ago, there were positive exchanges with his representative [agent and mother Veronique] with a view to him staying with the club and signing a new deal.

“We also accepted all of his conditions regarding things related to what happens on the pitch.

“We discussed these specifics to ensure that he would stay with us for many years.

“Unfortunately, since then, negotiations have completely stopped.”


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