Barcelona await news on talks between PSG and midfielder Adrien Rabiot

David Cooper 22/09/2018
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Barcelona are waiting to find out if they could acquire Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot in a cut-price deal in January.

Mundo Deportivo say Barca are aware PSG will make their big sales pitch next month in October to convince Rabiot to stay – the 23-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of season, leaving the Ligue 1 champions in danger of losing him for nothing next summer.

Should they fail to persuade him to sign a new contract, that could force them into a position to consider a deal in January to avoid losing him for nothing.

Classy midfielder Rabiot would undoubtedly be a great fit for Barca in terms of their style of play and his ability to create and dictate the tempo of a game.

Nevertheless, given coach Ernesto Valverde signed Arthur and Arturo Vidal this summer to fill the voids left behind by Andres Iniesta and Paulinho, it’s questionable as to whether he’ll make further midfield additions.

Given the quality that he possesses though, coupled with the fact that he’s still only 23 and has already gained great experience and a winning pedigree in Paris, Rabiot could be a great addition, particularly if on a free transfer next summer.

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PSG bid to beat Barcelona to emerging Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong

David Cooper 20/09/2018
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Frenkie de Jong signed for Barcelona ahead of a summer move.

Paris Saint-Germain plan to push hard for emerging Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong and beat rivals Barcelona to his signature, according to reports.

De Jong, 21, has emerged as one of Europe’s most-coveted players in 2018. Barca and Tottenham had bids knocked back for him during the summer, with several other clubs also keeping tabs on the new Netherlands cap.

L’Equipe have stated that PSG want to move to the front of this queue. The Ligue 1 champions failed to restock their options in the middle of the park last month, with the recent renewal of Germany international Sami Khedira at Juventus denying them another option.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel has been forced to experiment with moving Brazil centre-back Marquinhos forwards, at times, during 2018/19.

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PSG's Marco Verratti regrets red card that sees him miss Liverpool Champions League clash

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Marco Verratti was sent off during PSG's loss to Real Madrid last season.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti was happy to make his return to the side following a month out injured – but regrets the red card that will keep him out of next week’s Champions League clash with Liverpool.

The Italian was sent off for two bookable offences in last season’s round of 16 second leg tie against Real Madrid, dismissed in the 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes which brought PSG’s European campaign to a premature end.

He returned for the first time this season on Friday night in PSG’s comfortable 4-0 romp over Saint Etienne, with Verratti expressing his happiness at being back on the pitch and teeing Julian Draxler up for his goal.

“I am very happy to be back on the pitch,” said Verratti, 25.

“I hope that now that I will be able to string together some matches. Julian managed to score a great goal, because my pass was not that great, it was really impressive. We are growing in confidence with each win and that is very positive.”

Addressing Tuesday’s Champions League opener with the Reds at Anfield, he added: “We know that Liverpool will be very different. They are a team that is very good at home.

“They also have Champions League experience and reached last season’s final. This sort of match is good, we know that it will be a very tight game.

“If we get out of this group, we will do so with greater confidence. When I saw the calendar, I was hoping that this would not be the first match – I still regret my red card from last campaign.”

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