LIVERPOOL have been handed a big transfer boost by the news that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has turned down a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham.
Rabiot is one of the most sought-after stars in the world at the moment, as his contract at PSG runs down.
The 23-year-old is yet to come out and confirm that he wants to leave, but the actions of his agent have proved that he is willing to walk away from the Parc des Princes.
One place Rabiot won’t be heading, however, is North London.
According to reports, the midfielder has decided to reject any advances from Tottenham, because he doesn’t feel they are good enough.
ESPNFC reports that Rabiot has no intention to talk to any Spurs representatives, and will turn his attentions elsewhere.
Spurs are currently third in the league, just nine points below Liverpool, who are also reported to be interested in acquiring the Frenchman.
They face stiff competition, however, as just yesterday Barcelona confirmed they were keen on signing the midfielder.
Rabiot is out of contract at the end of the season, and after January 1 can begin negotiations with teams, and potentially sign a pre-contract agreement.
In a statement, Barcelona denied reports that they had already agreed to sign Rabiot, but made it clear that they were willing to open talks.
It had been reported in France that Barca had made an illegal approach for the star, who is unable to sign any agreements until January 1.
“FC Barcelona wish to address stories published in France regarding the signing of players from Paris Saint Germain, and make clear that they have not breached any rule in this regard,” the statement read.
“The only contact made was during the month of August and one week ago.
“In both cases, this contact was made with PSG’s sporting management to show FC Barcelona’s interest in the player Adrien Rabiot.
“FC Barcelona have always wanted to work with the utmost transparency in their dealings with PSG and with any other club.
“FC Barcelona refute the existence of any type of agreement with PSG player Adrien Rabiot.”