Real Madrid to pull off stunning swap deal with Juventus, Manchester United begin talks to sign Barcelona superstar and more: Transfer Roundup, 12 January 2019
Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's Daily Transfer Roundup. We are in the second week of the January transfer window.
Let's take a look at the top transfer news, rumours and updates that made headlines on 12 January 2019.
Chelsea enquire about Adrien Rabiot as they look for Fabregas replacement
Cesc Fabregas has left Chelsea for Monaco. Though Sarriball kicked off exceptionally well at Stamford Bridge, the Blues appear to have slowed down a bit now in no small part owing to the unreliability of their forwards namely Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.
With Fabregas now gone, midfield could become another source of worry for Maurizio Sarri as he already considers a few potential replacements, who are at the club, not up to par.
Now according to L'Equipe, Chelsea have shown interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The Frenchman's contract with the Ligue 1 champions will run out at the end of the season and he has refused to sign an extension.
He is expected to move to greener pastures and has been widely tipped of late to join Barcelona in the summer for a free transfer with PSG sporting director Angelo Henrique confirming that the player is looking to leave the club at the end of the season.
On being asked about Rabiot's contract extension, he said,
‘At this point, no. 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 by being free at the end of the season, 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.
‘It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months. 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.’
Tottenham Hotspur have also been credited with an interest in Adrien Rabiot.