PSG confirm £45m Arsenal target has ended contract talks: Available on free transfer

Adrien Rabiot

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique says Adrien Rabiot has refused their contract offers so he can leave on a free, and he’ll be benched indefinitely as a result.

Speaking to Yahoo Sport, Henrique admitted that PSG have no plans to reopen talks to extend Rabiot’s contract, as it stands.

“At this point, no,” Henrique said. “It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player. The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club for free at the end of the season, i.e. at the end of his contract.

“For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”

Henrique went on to talk about how negotiations seemed to be going well a few months ago, and they appeared to have found some common ground with a number of playing conditions.

At the time, it seemed Rabiot would extend for years to come, but now the discussions have stopped entirely. As a result, the sporting director feels let down by the player.

“It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months,” Henrique continued. “I must add that this situation is disrespectful for both the club and the fans. Especially from a player who has played under our colours from the training centre to the first team. A player who has always received the full support of the club.”

Adrien Rabiot
France’s midfielder Adrien Rabiot speaks during a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, near Paris, on November 8, 2016, on the team’s preparation for the World Cup 2018 football qualifiers / AFP / FRANCK FIFE / Getty Images

The 50-year-old refused to confirm whether Rabiot would be available for transfer in January, but Yahoo Sport write that their sources say the club doesn’t rule out the possibility.

Rabiot to Arsenal?

Arsenal, Tottenham, Barcelona and Juventus have all reportedly been keeping tabs on the player, and they’re now expected to make a move.

The media have been linking Arsenal to a move for Rabiot for a while. Over the summer, RMC reported that the Gunners and Barcelona were the two leading candidates in the race for the 23-year-old.

The difficulty at that stage was the price of the player. With Rabiot showing so much promise, PSG would’ve wanted a fairly high transfer fee to let him leave. However, if he’s now potentially available for free, or at least on a cut-price deal in January, Arsenal can come back into the picture.

A defensive midfielder with a fantastic passing range and seven goals and nine assists since August 2017, Rabiot could add a lot to any team’s midfield. We’ll see if Unai Emery pushes for a reunion with his former player.