Tottenham Hotspur have long been linked with a January move for Paris-Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and the bare bones of the latest piece of speculation to be guffed out of the French press offers nothing new in reality – other than an incredibly new perspective.
Outlet La Parisien have now claimed, in effect, that all the previous coverage surrounding Spurs’ tracking of the 23-year-old international has been absolute nonsense, simply put because we have not identified him as a target for business in the New Year.
Instead, PSG have now identified us as a possible destination.
There’s no reason given why that I can see from a quick translation so I can only assume their Sporting Director has by chance stumbled over the almost weekly rumours saying we were interested and had contacted them over the player going back to – who knows how many summers’ ago – and he had a lightbulb moment as they apparently want to offload him.
Now, it’s certainly not unknown for clubs to ‘offer’ other clubs the opportunity to express an interest as a way of making deals happen and there are a number of logical reasons as to why that would happen but when you stumble across claims like this it’s no wonder there’s a mistrust of the media.
It’s inventive as a fresh angle granted, but I wouldn’t call it intelligent or clever.
Isn’t this the reverse of how a transfer works ????
— Alex O'Neill (@Oneillerz84) November 21, 2018
Damn no! This guy will just be another average midfielder in the team. We've already had a lot of average players.
— Spurs Addict (@kylehotspurs) November 21, 2018
I have reservations about his attitude as well if I am honest.
— Nick Lannister (@nicnature77) November 21, 2018
— AphexTriplets (@AphexTriplets) November 21, 2018
He’s lazy… won’t fit in to our system
— Arif (@Arif_Qureshii) November 21, 2018
We’ve been linked with this guy for at least 4 years !!
— Paul Sands (@paulhotspur) November 22, 2018
Given the history on this particular rumour, I’m beginning to develop an opinion on where it’s coming from.