The summer transfer market is finished but the Adrien Rabiot soap opera is far from over.
He still remains a target for Barcelona who had to accept not signing him in the last transfer window.
Now there is a substantial change in his situation: his contract ends next June.
So, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are in a tug-of-war with Rabiot in the middle.
The Parisian entity is trying to renew him by all means possible, but as of this moment, the midfielder hasn’t accepted.
That is precisely what Barcelona expect.
If the player is able to resist the temptation of millions of euros from Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Catalans know they can sign him for free in summer 2019.
It should be remembered that Rabiot himself told PSG that his desire was to leave the club to head for Barcelona, but at the time, his current employers closed the doors on such a move.
That didn’t please the player, who then promised that he wouldn’t renew so he could leave for free at the end of his contract.
Barcelona took him at his word and trust that the midfield player maintains his current stance.
However, as expected, PSG are trying everything, to the extent that Thomas Tuchel is understood to want him as a fundamental piece in his plans.
Rabiot is an undisputed starter and has played all bar 24 minutes so far this season.
There is also movement in the offices.
Up to three economic offers have been refused, offers that, in addition to the salary improvement, included a bonus for staying in Paris.
Barcelona have a limit
For their part, Barcelona are aware that there will come a time when they can’t compete economically with PSG, if the French club decide to seriously up the ante.
However, the Catalans are willing to make an effort for Rabiot, especially taking into account that they wouldn’t have to pay a transfer fee.
At the moment, the objective is for Rabiot to resist all overtures until January, the date from which he can sit down to negotiate with any team.
De Jong gets complicated
The other midfielder Barcelona are looking at is Frenkie de Jong, whose signing is a bit more difficult now than it was last summer.
In pole position for the hiring of the Dutch player, but not having been able to close it at the time, Barcelona now have several other teams willing to take the player.
Ajax don’t want to let him go, but know that at some point he will do so.
Thus, the Amsterdam club are rubbing their hands at the possibility of an auction among the likes of Manchester United and City, among others.