Liverpool interested in move for Adrien Rabiot
Liverpool are considering making a move for Juventus and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to a fresh transfer rumour from Italy.
The Lowdown: Midfielder rebuild needed
It is essential that Jurgen Klopp is given the funds to rebuild his midfield this summer, with major surgery required in that area of the pitch.
Despite improving of late, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have looked past their best this season, while the likes of Thiago, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all injury-prone and/or out of contract.
Liverpool have been linked with endless midfielders, from Jude Bellingham to Matheus Nunes, and now a new target has emerged.
The Latest: Rabiot emerges as target
According to Gazzetta dello Sport [via Sport Witness], the Reds are in the race to sign Rabiot for free when his contract expires this summer, with his chances of staying at Juventus currently looking ‘slim’.
The report states ‘watch out for Liverpool’ and a decision over his future is set to be made at the end of the season.
The Verdict: Classy option?
Rabiot could be an interesting signing for Liverpool, possessing great experience which has seen him rack up 35 caps for France and start in a World Cup final.
At 27, he is very much in his peak years and he could bring both ball retention and defensive work to the team, having averaged an 86.9% pass completion rate and 3.2 tackles per game in the Champions League this season.
Should Rabiot arrive, however, it is important that he isn’t the marquee midfield signing Liverpool crave, with Bellingham still surely the dream option who can make the biggest difference.
Instead, the Juve man should be viewed as a safe pair of hands – Andrea Pirlo has called him a ‘complete player’ in the past – who can help turn Klopp’s side’s fortunes around in the middle of the park alongside the addition of a marquee man.