Adrien Rabiot is unlikely to join Barcelona this summer as ‘everything indicates’ Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will be their midfield reinforcement.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say the French midfielder has probably missed the chance to move to the Nou Camp.
Rabiot is looking extremely likely to leave Juventus this summer, with them keen to raise funds and get his massive wages off of their books.
He has subsequently been linked with moves all over Europe, with several clubs thought to be keen on a potential deal despite his struggles in Italy.
Barcelona have been proffered as an option given they attempted to sign him before he move to Juventus on a free transfer from PSG.
Mundo explain that Rabiot had the chance to join Barça two seasons ago, and his mother and agent Veronique had ‘everything practically closed’ with the Catalans.
However, he decided to move to Juve, who are not desperately trying to get rid but would but ‘not rule out selling’ him either.
They believe that the income they could make from a sale would be beneficial on several fronts, and so his mother ‘continues to move’ him in the market.
A return to France is likely off the table, so Veronique is ‘now looking to resume’ contact with Barcelona to see if there is a chance there.
Unfortunately for her and her son, that is likely to be a ‘difficult operation’ because Barcelona has the centre of midfielder ‘well covered’.
Also, if any player was to arrive to strengthen in that position, ‘everything indicates’ it will be Wijnaldum, whose contract with Liverpool expires this summer.
He’s been linked with Barcelona since last year courtesy of his relationship with Ronald Koeman and reports have indicated they will step up and get him at some point soon.
That remains to be seen, but it seems if they do look to add to their midfield, it will be him and not Rabiot they move for.