Tottenham Hotspur are one of several clubs reportedly eyeing a swoop for Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot, writes the TBR.
According to Calciomercato, Spurs are in the race alongside Arsenal and Chelsea.
Rabiot is enjoying a superb campaign with Juve, scoring five goals and contributing two assists.
The 27-year-old also scored France’s equaliser in their 4-1 win over Australia at the World Cup.
This is proving a problem for Juve, because Rabiot’s contract only runs to the end of the season.
Calciomercato claims that the Bianconeri should’ve started the renewal process much earlier.
Should Rabiot continue to impress for his country at the 2022 World Cup, he will ‘strengthen his status as a top player’.
This means he’ll effectively hold all the cards with regards to making a lucrative move elsewhere.
In summer, Manchester United tried to sign Rabiot, but didn’t proceed due to his camp’s wage demands.
Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique, reportedly demanded a €10million-a-year (around £165,000-a-week) salary.
Apparently, Juve cannot offer him more than what he currently earns – €7million a year.
However, Tottenham – as well as Arsenal and Chelsea – shouldn’t have a problem in matching their expectations.
Spurs chief Fabio Paratici was in charge of Juventus when they signed the Frenchman on a free transfer in 2019.
He reportedly remains a ‘great admirer’ of Rabiot, and as such is looking to swoop for him again.
As per Salarysport, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is currently the highest-paid midfielder at Spurs, on £100,000-a-week.
Should Rabiot join for £165,000-a-week, he’d then become the highest-paid midfielder at N17.
He’d also become the sixth-highest paid player at Tottenham, behind Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Ivan Perisic, Cristian Romero and Richarlison.
A fairly high salary, but considering Spurs would likely sign him on a free in the summer, not too pricey overall.