Report: Tottenham-linked midfielder Adrien Rabiot asks for transfer, wants Premier League move


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot wants to leave the club, his agent confirms.

In an interview with Canal Supporters, Adrien Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique Rabiot says her son has asked to leave Paris Saint-Germain, with the Premier League his ideal destination.

The highly-rated defensive midfielder featured sparingly for PSG last season, making just 10 league starts and four Champions League appearances throughout the entire campaign.

According to a previous report in Le Parisien, the 20-year-old became a top transfer target for Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, although a proposed January move failed to materialise.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bolster his midfield ranks, and a move for Rabiot could now be a viable option given the midfielder’s latest stance with the French champions.

“Adrien likes PSG, it is the club of his heart. He would like a career here but this is not possible, Adrien will not get games next season. Since he can’t develop in this way, it's better he leaves,” Veronique stated

“The Euro 2016 is also an objective. It would be a real pride. If he can’t play for PSG, since he can’t play for the club of his heart, then his choice is the Premier League. Adrien likes this style of play.

“During my interview with Olivier Letang [PSG sporting director], I told him that I asked for a transfer. PSG need cash, a sale of Adrien may also allow recruiting.”

Should Spurs make a move for Adrien Rabiot?

The French U21 international midfielder has a contract in Paris until the summer of 2019, but his position and PSG’s alleged need for cash means a potential deal for a moderate fee can be struck.

Spurs are in need of providing competition for Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, and in Rabiot they would arguably be getting a better player defensively than them both.

Reports in The Sun have linked the North Londoners with a bid for Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula, suggesting Pochettino is actively looking at strengthening that area.

His age means he fits in with the club’s ethos of buying talented young players, but if Spurs are to make a move they will have to act quickly as a player as good as Rabiot won’t be available for too long.

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