From France: Manchester City involved in battle with Barcelona and Spurs for PSG star

Manchester City are fully involved in the ongoing battle between prominent clubs to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot when his contract expires in the summer, French outlet Téléfoot reports.

The Blues have been linked more than once with Rabiot, who had a spell in City’s academy at a young age in 2008, with Barcelona-based RAC reporting back in August that meetings were planned between the player’s representatives and City bosses.

And according to Téléfoot, City’s interest is still active despite heavy speculation that Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong is the number one target to reinforce Pep Guardiola’s midfield. Barcelona, who would also like to sign De Jong, as well as Tottenham and Juventus are also involved in the fight for Rabiot.

23-year-old Rabiot presents the chance for one of those clubs to pick up a huge bargain, with his PSG contract expiring on June 30, 2019 – although he has not completely ruled out extending his stay in the French capital yet.

Rabiot was also named by Portuguese newspaper Record as one of seven potential alternatives to De Jong should City fail to sign the in-demand Dutch midfielder, so it may be a case of Txiki Begiristain keeping the club’s options open as they will certainly need a midfielder to rotate with and ultimately succeed Fernandinho next summer.

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