Liverpool have held ‘positive’ talks with Adrien Rabiot’s representatives over a possible move next summer, a journalist has claimed. Jurgen Klopp is understood be a long-term admirer of the 23-year-old, who has rejected all offers to renew his contract at the Ligue 1 club with the midfielder in the last year of his current deal.
He was linked heavily with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona over the summer but PSG rejected any approaches from other clubs for their star. However, Rabiot will be able to talk to other sides in January about joining them next season, unless PSG can agree fresh terms. Now, French football journalist Julien Laurens has claimed that Liverpool’s talks with Rabiot’s party have been ‘positive’.
“I think it was quite positive,” he said of Liverpool’s pursuit to The Anfield Wrap. “I don’t think it’s the first time Rabiot’s men have talked with people from the club. The interest from Klopp is even pre-Liverpool and Liverpool, since Klopp have always been there. “Perhaps not as much as now. At 23, he is an incredible talent, offers something differently to what they already have. I think there have been a lot of positives so far in those contacts.
“There is a long way ahead but, if you look at Naby Keita, they played a blinder in getting him in early. You can see similarities with Rabiot and they may get a pre-contract agreement. “That would then allow him to move to Liverpool on a free in the summer. Or they may even try and sign him for cheaper from PSG in January. “But if Klopp realises he doesn’t need another midfielder – because it’s a position where they have a lot of talented players – he may try and sign him for free the following summer.”