It has been reported that PSG’s contract rebel Adrien Rabiot has struck a verbal agreement over joining Barcelona in the summer.
Adrien Rabiot’s transfer saga has been a rather controversial one.
After the media reported his constant flirtation with Barcelona, PSG finally confirmed that talks with Rabiot over a new contract have broken down.
PSG also reportedly banned him from featuring in any game for the club for the entire season. Rabiot hasn’t played for PSG since December. He was also left out of the squad for their game against Manchester United earlier this week despite a significant injury crisis at the club.
It has now been reported by French newspaper Le Parisien that Barcelona have struck a verbal agreement with the player. It also claims that the player will join the club on July 1.
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.
Adrien Rabiot has an agreement with Barcelona that will see him displace Ivan Rakitic (30) as the left-sided central midfielder next season, according to Le Parisien https://t.co/LGR1LGskJ1
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) February 15, 2019
⚠ #RUMOR Adrien Rabiot sees himself playing at Barça next season. Even if nothing has been announced officially, the player is sure of this fact and is just waiting for the right moment to sign the contract. His contract expires at the end of this season [le parisien]
— FC Barcelona Fl 🏆 (@FCBarcelonaFl) February 15, 2019
Manchester United were also among the race to sign the player.
It was believed that Barcelona would stop their pursuit of the player after securing the signing of Frenkie De Jong. However, with Sergio Busquets turning 31 this summer and a tense contract situation surrounding Ivan Rakitic, a move for Rabiot could be a well-thought decision.
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.
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.
Adrien Rabiot sees himself very clearly as a player of Barcelona from next summer onwards. How can he be so sure of himself? Because he has a global agreement with Barça: salary, signing bonus and sporting project. [le parisien] pic.twitter.com/YAa80rIQNe
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) February 15, 2019
Mendy liked two tweets about Barça. He liked post of Culé who said that Rabiot is a fraud and we need the real player like Mendy and another where one Culé said that we need him ASAP. I really hope that he understands what he liked.
— Zoé 🌸 (@imaginiuss) February 16, 2019
The year is 2149
Rabiot has yet to announce who he is signing for.
Liverpool fans wait in anticipation for us to go back in for Fekir.
And Allan has been sent out on loan, seeking a work permit. https://t.co/PcLPv1rpkm
— LFC Torres (@WC_LFC_Torres) February 15, 2019
He stated that he would not “be able to follow the training programme.”