Out of contract with PSG next summer and free to talk to foreign suitors in January, Adrien Rabiot could become Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing in over a year next January. The 23-year-old midfielder is hell bent on getting a move from Paris despite his manager Thomas Tuchel’s attempts to convince him to stay and already has admirers in Liverpool and Barcelona. The Mirror says Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the player, who was one of several surprise omissions from France’s successful World Cup squad. Along with Monaco, Liverpool are also interested in Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella but look likely to miss out as the homebird wishes to stay in Serie A and seems likely to head to Inter.
While their app may score a comparatively risible 3.9 to the 4.7 rating of its Manchester United counterpart on iTunes, Barcelona bean-counters announced a summary of their financial results for 2017-18 on Tuesday that will leave those in the Old Trafford accounts department fuming. The La Liga club were eager to trumpet their turnover of €916m, a figure they claim to be a record high for any sports club in world history. What Barça weren’t quite so eager to brag about was a wage bill that accounts for 66% of that number; a percentage that would have been considerably higher were it not for the sale of Neymar to Paris-Saint Germain.
The upshot, writes Sam Wallace in The Telegraph, is that Barcelona almost certainly can’t afford to sign Paul Pogba, even if United were prepared to sell their disaffected midfielder, as the club’s projected wage bill “leaves no room in the budget” for such a major outlay. Elsewhere in the press, PSG are being cited as another potential destination for the player, for who United will expect to get somewhere in the region of €150m.
Having been frozen out of Chelsea’s first team by Antonio Conte last season, David Luiz has come in from the cold and continues to warm his hands over the Aga. One of several stand-out performers in Chelsea’s thrilling draw with Liverpool last weekend, the Brazilian will be offered a one-year extension on his current deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until July 2020.
Meanwhile at the Emirates Stadium, Danny Welbeck looks ready to accompany Aaron Ramsey out of the door marked “Do One”, if Arsenal’s reported lack of enthusiasm for retaining his services is anything to go by. The striker’s contract expires next summer, but he has yet to be offered a new deal. Having told Ramsey he will be surplus to requirements come season’s end, Unai Emery hopes to replace him with Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski.
German tabloid Bild says Manchester City hope to lure Hoffenheim youth player Ilay Elmkies to the Etihad, while West Ham are interested in PSV midfielder Jorrit Hendrix. No relation to Jimi, the 23-year-old Dutch international has also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, who will get to see him strut his stuff when they face the Dutch club in the Champions League group stages.
And finally, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao isn’t getting any younger and had been expected to see out his dotage in MLS, but now a more lucrative move to the Mexican league is being mooted.