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Report: Bayern Munich priced out of Rabiot chase

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Another top club seems to be dropping out of the race for Adrian Rabiot.

According to German publication Kicker, Bayern Munich has stopped its pursuit of the French midfielder due to his excessive wage demands.

Rabiot is available via a free transfer this summer after his Paris Saint-Germain contract is set to expire. The 23-year-old midfielder has been an explosive subject over the past few months after he was dropped from PSG first-team training amid strenuous contract negotiations, only reinstated after the club was forced by court order, but he still has not appeared in the matchday squad since early December.

Rabiot and his agent – his mother Veronique – have made scathing remarks about his current French club, but others have been wary to pursue him due to perceived character issues. Rabiot refused a call-up to the French national team squad for the World Cup because he didn’t want to be an alternate, and added fuel to the character fire when he reportedly turned down a transfer to Tottenham because he considered the London club to be beneath his level.

His wage demands must be overly excessive for a club of Bayern’s might to turn down a free transfer for financial reasons, although often times top free transfers come with costly agent fees – Juventus reportedly paid $16 million in agent fees and commissions to complete the free transfer of Emre Can last summer – and that could be another reason for Bayern’s distaste of pursuing the Frenchman.

Rabiot has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, with the Spanish giants looking to get younger in the midfield. Barcelona currently sees significant minutes from 30-year-old Sergio Busquets, 30-year-old Ivan Rakitic, 31-year-old Arturo Vidal, while 22-year-old Arthur has struggled to earn a consistent role in the middle of the field with inconsistent performances and 26-year-old Rafinha is recovering from an ACL tear.

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Pep Guardiola may’ve changed his mind on the whole “no January signings” stance.

The Manchester Evening News has quotes from Porto center midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero saying he’s having conversation with Manchester City.

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Quintero is adamant that he will only move if the deal is perfect, as he’s quite happy on loan at River Plate.

The purchase would be the latest big money sale for Porto, having been a regular loanee from the Portuguese outfit. The attack-minded soon-to-be 26-year-old midfielder can also play on the right side of the pitch.

Unai Emery is close to getting a much-desired reunion with Denis Suarez, who’d like an equally-needed change of scenery.

Suarez, who turns 25 on Sunday, has made just six appearances, scoring twice for Barcelona and has a reported $25 million price tag.

The pair spent a season together at Sevilla, where Suarez scored six goals with five assist but was not used in the final two rounds of the Europa League title run.

Meanwhile, Barcelona may be adding a midfielder after the season in mercurial Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain.

Ernesto Valverde knows how to handle big personalities, and the lack of a transfer fee would make the risk worthwhile even at a reported $12 million salary.

And Jose Mourinho may be in the frame for his next job already, at the site of his first, very-brief foray into management.

Record (Portuguese link) says Mourinho could move to Benfica, where he presided over a nine-match run in 2000 before resigning after being denied a contract extension.

That was the only controversial stint in his managerial career, period (What’s that you say?).

Finally, The Daily Mirror says Nice outcast Mario Balotelli is preparing a move to Marseille, spuring Newcastle United after falling out of favor with manager Patrick Vieira.

Report: Rabiot believes Tottenham is “below” his level

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Adrien Rabiot certainly isn’t making many friends over the last few months.

Pushed out of the PSG squad after refusing to sign a contract extension, the 23-year-old has seen his search for a new club become quite public. Rabiot, represented by his outspoken agent – and mother – Veronique Rabiot, is a highly rated midfielder, but between his own actions and those of his mom, teams are beginning to shy away from the Frenchman to pursue other options.

First, it appeared Barcelona was looking to sign Rabiot on a free transfer this offseason, but there were social media rumblings that even the Catalan giants were beginning to reconsider due to his seemingly toxic nature. Barcelona has since confirmed interest in the Frenchman but denied having contacted him already, which would have violated transfer rules.

With Barcelona still in the mix but considering its options, there are reports that Tottenham has also prepared a contract offer for Rabiot, at a price just below what Barcelona is reportedly offering. Unfortunately for the club, the player doesn’t think too highly of Spurs.

An ESPN report by knowledgable PSG beat writer Jonathan Johnson has claimed Rabiot believes Tottenham is “below” his own level, and isn’t interested in signing with the North London club.

Reports over the last few days have described Rabiot’s salary demands as high, and the ESPN report claims the figure to be around $11.5 million per year.

PSG brass has spoken negatively about Rabiot’s behavior over the last few weeks, and Veronique has publicly fired back numerous times. It’s possible that PSG allows Rabiot to leave in January for a minimal fee, but it’s highly possible the saga continues into the summer when the French international leaves on a free transfer.

Rabiot has also had trouble with the French national team, publicly refusing a call-up to this summer’s World Cup as an alternate.

Transfer rumor roundup: January window opens Tuesday

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We’re less than 48 hours from the end of the 2018 calendar year, which means we’re less than 48 hours from the start of the January transfer window, which means the tidal wave of transfer rumors is already washing over the Premier League.

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As ever, PST will provide a daily roundup of the most relevant — and realistic, hopefully — rumors over the next month…

Christian Pulisic is going to Chelsea. Or Arsenal. Or Liverpool.

Everybody (reportedly) would take the U.S. men’s national team star on a bargain deal, but Borussia Dortmund are most likely to hold onto the 20-year-old until the summer transfer window, when they can pit two or three bidders against one another and drive up the price.

Alas, that won’t so much as slow down the rumors about Pulisic’s immediate future over the next 33 days. The bidding is expected to being at $50 million.


On the other side of the bitter U.S.-Mexico rivalry, Hirving Lozano appears destined for a move away from PSV Eindhoven as he pieces together a second straight season of prolific goal-scoring (34 in 61 games – all competitions) for the Eredivisie side. The only question which remains is whether or not he will move in January or in the summer.

With PSV out of the Champions League — and Europa League due to finishing fourth in their group — Lozano is now marginally more likely to depart the defending Dutch champions in the coming weeks. According to the Express, the 23-year-old has been selected as one of Maurizio Sarri‘s top targets at Chelsea. Given that Lozano comes from a “lesser” league than the Bundesliga, he’ll likely be the cheaper option between himself and Pulisic.


Adrien Rabiot has been on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain for, seemingly, two years. With his contract set to expire in the summer, it would behoove everyone involved for the 23-year-old to move in January, for a heavily discounted fee.

Barcelona had reportedly agreed terms of a contract with the French international, but the club has since come out and denied those reports. The club’s statement confirmed an approach to PSG in August and “a week ago” while insisting they have had no contact with the player or his representatives. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal — as clubs with varying needs for midfield reinforcements — have also been named as potential landing spots.


Dominic Solanke has failed to make a single appearance for Liverpool this season, thus the 21-year-old forward is widely expected to accept a loan move for the remainder of the season. For the sake of both Solanke and his soon-to-be club, sooner is better.

Crystal Palace were the first ones to make an official offer, according to the Daily Mail, and Solanke is expected to make a decision sometime in the next 48 hours, in order to maximize the number of games for which he’s available. Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town are also expected to make a play for Solanke.


  • Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz will reportedly move to Real Madrid for a fee of just over $17 million. The 19-year-old has sparsely seen first-team minutes at the Etihad Stadium and is thought to be a central piece of the ongoing rebuild in the Spanish capital.
  • Manchester United midfielder Andres Pereira’s desire to leave the club is strong given his lack of first-team minutes. The 22-year-old has been linked with a January move to a trio of PL clubs — Arsenal, Everton and West Ham United — according to Portuguese publication UOL Sports.

Transfer rumor roundup: Militao to Real, Man Utd; Higuain-Morata swap

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We begin Thursday’s run through the rumor mill with a player reported to be one of the final transfer requests of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

The Red Devils are whispered to still have interest in Eder Militao under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Real Madrid is hot on the heels of the Porto center back.

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The once-capped Brazilian arrived from Sao Paolo in August, and is just 20 years old. He also plays right back and defensive mid. He scored against Schalke in the UEFA Champions League as Porto won its group, and is well-rated in league play.

Meanwhile, Chelsea is looking to the attack, with Maurizio Sarri still seeking a reunion with former Napoli pal Gonzalo Higuain.

Sarri is said to be hoping to lure Juventus into a swap deal for Alvaro Morata, as Juve still owns the rights to Higuain. The striker is on loan to AC Milan, but Chelsea could reportedly buy out the deal and send Morata the other way as a makeweight.

According to Football Italia, this would put Morata with Milan. The Spaniard scored 27 goals over 95 appearances in two seasons at Juve.

Elsewhere…

— L’Equipe says Liverpool has been talking with Adrien Rabiot‘s representatives as the touchy Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is frozen out in Ligue 1 for his refusal to sign a new deal.

— Finally, Fulham is kicking the tires on Irish midfielder James McCarthy, who has been with Everton since moving from Wigan Athletic in 2013. He’s been out for nearly a year after suffering a broken leg, but is back in training.