The latest development in the Adrien Rabiot transfer saga suggests Barcelona have pulled off their offer for the French midfielder.
It was earlier reported that Rabiot had struck a verbal agreement with Barcelona for a transfer at the beginning of the new season.
However, according to Sport, Barcelona have now withdrawn their offer for the PSG midfielder.
Rabiot has already had professional issues with Paris Saint-Germain. His personal issues with his mother Veronique Rabiot have now resulted in Barca backtracking on their offer for the player.
According to Sport, Barcelona has told Rabiot to approach the club personally.
Rabiot sacked his mother as his agent earlier this week. However, he has not yet made contact with Barca.
It was believed that Barcelona would stop their pursuit of the player after securing the signing of Frenkie De Jong.
Adrien Rabiot is the bravest man alive for sacking his mum as his agent. a) she looks nails b) this has Netflix real crime series written all over it. pic.twitter.com/cCZiCBv0yZ
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) February 22, 2019
Adrien Rabiot replaces mother-agent after Barcelona withdraw contract offer
As per a report from Spanish outlet Sport, wantaway PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has hired a new agent, as he seeks to find a solution over his future. pic.twitter.com/5ZY2O6zcGx
— Chidozieblog (@Chidozieblog) February 22, 2019
However, with Sergio Busquets turning 31 this summer and a tense contract situation surrounding Ivan Rakitic, a move for Rabiot was considered a possibility.
Adrien Rabiot began his career with PSG after spending two years with the club’s youth side. The player has made 224 appearances for the side across all competitions, scoring 27 goals.
PSG reportedly banned him from featuring in any game for the club for the entire season last year. The reason behind the move was the failure to agree on a new contract.
Rabiot hasn’t played for PSG since December. He was also left out of the squad for their game against Manchester United last week despite a significant injury crisis at the club.
So Adrien Rabiot fired his agent – his mom – who was extremely outspoken and fiery in the search for a new club. I wonder if this brings PSG back to the negotiating table for an extension? Or if he’s still definitely on his way out.
— Kyle Bonn (@the_bonnfire) February 21, 2019
Kicker: Bayern withdrew interest in PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot due to the overall package of the transfer deemed too expensive.
According to MD, Rabiot is demanding €10m per year in wages and a signing on fee of €15m pic.twitter.com/IYAHDmjRbY
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 14, 2019
— Foot and Ball (@footandballblog) February 21, 2019
He was also involved in a controversy with the French national team. After Didier Deschamps put Rabiot in the reserve list for the World Cup, Rabiot declared himself unavailable for the tournament. He stated that he would not “be able to follow the training programme.”
Various outlets earlier stated that Arsenal were among the favourites to sign the player due to Unai Emery’s understanding with the player. Rabiot has worked under Unai Emery during the latter’s time with PSG.