Adrien Rabiot has been exploring his options for the future as his minutes with Paris Saint-Germain have taken a significant dip under Thomas Tuchel. The 23-year-old midfielder has fallen out of favor after starting and playing the full 90 minutes of PSG’s opening six matches in Ligue 1. Since the beginning of November, he’s only featured six times for the Parisians across all competitions and three of those were as a substitute off the bench.
Rabiot has refused to sign a contract extension with PSG and his current contract is set to expire in June, which means that time is running out for Paris to make a considerable amount of money selling him.
Per a report by L’Equipe, Rabiot has officially rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur, which leaves Bayern Munich as one of the leading clubs who’ve expresses interest in signing him. Liverpool, Chelsea, and Barcelona are also said to be among the clubs interested in acquiring his services, but it would be difficult for him to crack into the starting eleven at any of those clubs. The Daily Mail is reporting that he’s shown a preference to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, but the current Premier League leaders have yet to lodge an official offer and/or comment on the matter.
Groomed for Bayern Munich?
Of all the interested clubs, Bayern could well and truly be the best fit for Rabiot. He’s naturally a central midfielder, and has most often been deployed as a defensive midfielder in his time with PSG. He could prove to be a solid addition to Bayern’s midfield and could increase the double, or triple midfield pivot options for Niko Kovac.
With Rabiot in the squad, it would essentially be like having a younger, more agile, more versatile Javi Martinez with respect to his defensive attributes. A pivot combination comprised of either Thiago, Leon Goretzka, Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, and/or Renato Sanches would provide solid balance and an ebb-and-flow of sorts to the rotation. All of the possible formations between those five central midfielders would help strike a balance between defensive shape, distribution, and attacking prowess.