Adrien Rabiot Reportedly Snubs Fourth Contract Offer From PSG Amid Liverpool & Barcelona Interest

Paris Saint-Germain star midfielder Adrien Rabiot is reported as having rejected yet another offer of a contract extension from the Ligue 1 giants. 

French source Paris United (via ?Sport) had previously disclosed that the player had turned down a €7m-per-year proposal from PSG. And they are now reporting that he has spurned their latest offer -their fourth – despite the club offering an additional €2m-a-year plus bonuses.

Negotiations between the French club and the player’s representatives have been rather frustrating. But he is said to be holding out for €10m as well as a hefty signing on fee. 

PSG, per the report, are unwilling to meet these demands, given their position as it relates to UEFA and Financial Fair Play. However, they run the risk of losing Rabiot for free next summer, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

The Frenchman will be permitted to negotiate with other interested clubs from January 1 and there are fears he could leave the Parc des Princes following the culmination of the current campaign.

Spanish supremos Barcelona are understood to be keen on signing the midfielder, but they will expect competition from Premier League side and last seasons’ Champions League finalists Liverpool, who are also credited with an interest in the French star.

Paris Saint Germain v Crvena Zvezda - UEFA Champions League

Rabiot’s camp, though, has maintained that he wants to remain with PSG, the club whose ranks he went through as a youngster, yet he could have his head turned if he speaks to representatives from other big clubs in Europe next year.

Barca and Liverpool should be encouraged by the player’s turning down of his club’s latest offer. And they won’t have much longer to wait before getting the green light to negotiate.


Barcelona Send Scouts to Watch Napoli Defender Kalidou Koulibaly Against Liverpool

?Barcelona are eyeing a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, and sent scouts to assess the Senegalese centre back against Liverpool this week.

Koulibaly was one of Serie A’s top defenders last season and several of Europe’s biggest clubs were known to be interested in taking him away from the Stadio San Paolo, ?before he signed a new contract in September. 

SSC Napoli v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Group C

However, the Senegal intern?ational’s new five-year deal has not put off Barcelona, who sent scout Ariedo Braida to watch Wednesday’s Champions League match, according to ?Mundo Deportivo.

Braida would have been interested to see how Koulibaly fared against one of Europe’s most potent attacks, but Liverpool did not pose that much of a threat. However, Braida would still have been impressed as Koulibaly did his prospects no harm with a clean sheet.

The 27-year-old defender, who stands 6ft 5in tall, joined ?Napoli from Genk in 2014 and has played over 170 matches for the Partenopei since then. He made 35 Serie A appearances last season as Napoli recorded their highest ever points tally.

Barcelona will have plenty more chances to assess the €65m-rated Koulibaly’s ability in the Champions League, as Napoli next face a double-header against Paris Saint-Germain and their formidable front three of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.

They then face Red Star Belgrade in Naples before visiting Anfield on December 11.


Ivan Rakitic Claims Messi Should’ve Have Won FIFA Best Award Ahead of Croatia Teammate Modric

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakiti? believes his international teammate Luka Modri? should not have been given FIFA ‘The Best’ award ahead of Lionel Messi, despite the Croatian’s outstanding season for club and country.

Real Madrid’s Modri? joined Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo on the three-man shortlist for the award last month, while Messi finished in fifth place during voting, behind even Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé.

Although Rakiti?, who reached the World Cup final alongside Modri?, was pleased to see his international teammate get some well-deserved recognition at the awards ceremony, the 30-year-old is of no doubt who the best player on the planet actually is.

“Sometimes there are circumstances like Luka Modri? doing an outstanding season and maybe people want to change a bit,” Rakiti? said after Barcelona’s triumph against Tottenham on Wednesday, as quoted by Goal.

But, with all respect, Luka and the others know there is a player who is different to the others, and that is Leo Messi.”

Messi was the star of the show as Barcelona stunned audiences across the world during their emphatic 4-2 win over Tottenham. The Argentina international scored twice, hit the post twice, and even provided two key passes which set up the Blaugrana’s other goals.

His performance at Wembley Stadium didn’t just bring praise from Rakiti?. Fellow Barça star Jordi Alba also spoke about Messi after the match, claiming that the whole awards ceremony was “a big lie” for picking Real Madrid’s Modri? ahead of Barcelona’s captain.

“For me, The Best is a big lie. Modri? is a great player, just one of the best but Messi is on an entirely different level, he just is,” Alba said, quoted by Marca.

“He proved he is the world’s greatest. When he runs we can only do the same. He’s the best and he makes us better.”

Messi’s performance against Tottenham in the Champions League earned plaudits from across the world of football. Although the Argentine has been putting in performances on par with Wednesday’s for a generation, the 31-year-old appeared to reach completely new levels of stardom in London.


Wolves Star Gets First Call-Up as Luis Enrique Names Spain Squad for Wales & England Matches

Spain manager ?Luis Enrique ?has revealed the squad that he has named to face Wales in an international friendly and England in the UEFA Nations League over the next fortnight.

?Wolves defender Jonny, who is on loan at Molineux from Atletico Madrid, gets his first call-up to the national squad after making a strong start to life in the Premier League. He scored his first Wolves goal last weekend in the win over Southampton.

Jordi Alba continues to be absent from the squad despite producing a stellar performance against Tottenham on Wednesday. He assisted three of ?Barcelona’s four goals at Wembley but Enrique has left him out, as he did last month.

?Diego Costa, who was Spain’s top scorer at the World Cup, is also omitted from the squad. He is yet to score in La Liga so far this season.

?Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer have earned recalls to the side. Alcacer, who is on loan from Barcelona, has scored four goals in three Dortmund appearances and is back in the Spain squad for the first time since 2016.

Dani Carvajal, ?Sergi Roberto, Íñigo Martínez and ?Isco were unavailable for selection due to injuries.

Spain  v Croatia  -UEFA Nations league

Spain face Wales in a friendly at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October 11 before hosting England in Seville four days later, in a rematch of last month’s UEFA Nations League clash.

Spain won 2-1 on that occasion, before beating Croatia 6-0 to go six points clear at the top of Group A4.

The full squad is listed below.

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pau López

Defenders: Jose Luis Gayá, Marcos Alonso, Raul Albiol, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marc Bartra, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jonny Otto

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Koke, Saúl, Thiago Alcantara, Dani Ceballos

Forwards: Marco Asensio, Álvaro Morata, Suso, Rodrigo, Iago Aspas, Paco Alcácer


3 Things We Learned as Barcelona Put Spurs to the Sword at Wembley on Wednesday

Tottenham were cast six points adrift of the Group B leaders after they lost 4-2 at home to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half before Lionel Messi took over after the interval and netted a brace to leave Spurs in desperate need of a win when they face PSV in Eindhoven three weeks from now.

Here are three things we learned from a richly entertaining evening at Wembley.

1. Messi Is Still the Best in the World

According to the results of the recent Best FIFA Football Awards, Lionel Messi is now the fifth best player in the world. If that were actually true then the four above him would have to be gods because Messi is not of this earth, as he showed again on Wednesday.

From the moment his instinctive cross-field ball found Jordi Alba in the second minute, it was clear that the Argentine was in the mood. He played a part in Barcelona’s first two goals, hit the post twice early in the second half, and eventually got on the score sheet when he started and finished the best move of the night to make it 3-1.

Messi added another to make sure of the three points in the final minute as Tottenham were eventually forced to surrender. This was the sort of majestic performance which first established Messi as the world’s best and showed that he is still at the top of his game all these years later.

2. Injuries Proved Costly for Spurs

A lot was made before the match of this being a good time to play Barcelona because of their three-game winless run, but injuries meant that this was far from an opportune time for Mauricio Pochettino’s men to be facing one of Europe’s most dangerous teams.

The influence of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen was missed in the final third as Spurs struggled to create chances, particularly in the first half, while Mousa Dembele’s absence was also keenly felt as Harry Winks and Vincent Wanyama failed to stem the Barcelona tide.

Perhaps the biggest miss of all was Jan Vertonghen, without whom Tottenham’s defence looked all at sea. Pochettino will be pleased that there is an international break after this weekend, giving his injured players ample recovery time.

3. Arthur Could Spearhead Barca’s Next Generation

Most of Barcelona’s team are household names but one you may be less familiar with is Arthur. A summer signing from Gremio, he started alongside Ivan Rakitic at Wembley, making just his second start in Barcelona colours.

Yet on the basis of this performance, you would have thought Arthur had been at the Nou Camp as long as any of his teammates. He and Rakitic were so quick and decisive with the ball, setting a tempo which Tottenham couldn’t cope with. The best compliment is that Xavi would have been proud of this display.

A lot of Barcelona’s players, brilliant though they still are, are getting on in years. Busquets and Rakitic are 30; Messi and Suarez are 31. At the age of just 22, Arthur has years ahead of him in which to become a world-class player. Judging by this, it won’t take him long.