Monday finally saw the widely expected announcement from Paris Saint-Germain that Adrien Rabiot would not be renewing his contract with the club prior to it expiring at the end of the season.
Anything but a shock, the news, however, will have pricked up the ears of many clubs around Europe, including those of Tottenham, despite previous claims they were out of the race.
According to L’Equipe, Spurs are one of a number of clubs who could solve Paris Saint-Germain’s issue of losing out on a lot of money in the summer by trying to buy Rabiot in January for a fee of, they reckon, around €30m.
The French newspaper admit valuing the France international is quite difficult, seeing as he only has six months left on his contract but presents a mix of youth and experience you don’t see everyday.
It also doesn’t help that, as things stand, Barcelona remains Rabiot’s favourite destination, as does the idea of leaving on a free in June, allowing him to earn more money wage wise and from his signing on fee, since clubs wouldn’t have to pay a transfer fee.
It all feels a bit like Tottenham are being kept around for old time’s sake at this point, with Barcelona the clear favourites, and other, richer, teams, like Manchester City also in the mix.
You probably already know this, but we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath.