On February 15th, Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona are ‘tired’ of waiting for Adrien Rabiot, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires after this season.
Sport’s Thursday front page shouts ‘Start again’, but claims the La Liga winners have withdrawn their offer and will only reopen talks with the midfielder if he takes a step forward for the transfer.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have already submitted an offer, including a signing on bonus, to land the 23-year-old on a free transfer in the summer, but a growing silence from him has seen the Blaugrana withdraw their offer and also take him off from the priority target list.
At the Camp Nou, they believe it’s difficult for the Frenchman to arrive, but claim nothing is ruled out because he’ll be a free agent in the summer.
It is clear the Catalan club will not take the first step and Rabiot will have to make a move to ‘demonstrate his intentions’ to join them.
This is because the player’s mother and agent Veronique Rabiot had promised to visit the offices of the Spanish champions, but that hasn’t happened yet and the relationship between the representative and Barca has ended.
Rabiot is going through a difficult time away from the pitch and to fix the situation he and his family have decided to appoint an agent to decide his next destination as soon as possible.
Barcelona are aware the PSG contract rebel’s camp have been in contact with clubs in England and Italy, but have not met them.
In private, Rabiot has told his close circle that his desire is to join the La Liga giants, but that will only be possible if he himself facilitates the negotiation in the coming weeks.