Le10 Sport claims Adrien Rabiot’s loan move to Tottenham Hotspur from Paris Saint-Germain may not happen after all.
The reason? PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi hasn’t given the move his personal seal of approval.
The reason for that could have worrying consequences for Spurs as they try to attract some of the best talent from France and the rest of Europe.
PSG are one of the biggest clubs in Europe so it’s unlikely that the PSG chief’s delay over commissioning the move is due to him simply sitting on the issue.
PSG are one of Europe’s top football and business institutions so any move for one of their best young players would seemingly take priority.
It may be the case that Al-Khelaifi may feel that Tottenham isn’t the right club for him and that could have knock on effects in terms of other players Spurs may want to target from PSG, French football and European football in the future.
Any side looking to loan out a player normally follows a set criteria; that player needs to play a high volume of games to develop and needs to be well looked after.
In Tottenham’s defence, they have three players currently in the first team (Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb) who are physical proof that they’re not doing a bad job in terms of how they treat and develop younger players.
Mauricio Pochettino’s record at Southampton was also concrete in terms of helping some gifted academy prospects into his first team on the south coast.
One reservation that Al-Khelaifi may have is that central midfield is one of the most congested areas in Tottenham’s squad.
However, Pochettino can dispel that worry because of Tottenham’s hectic fixture list over the next couple of months, which would see Rabiot used alongside the rest of the squad, given a fair crack in terms of games.
Unless PSG are extremely unprofessional (which is definitely unlikely) then any concerns Al-Khelaifi has over letting Rabiot join Spurs are needless.