Real Madrid eye late offer to hijack Barcelona move for €60m-rated target before transfer deadline

Real Madrid are reportedly looking to press ahead with a late move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who has also been heavily linked with Barcelona.

Los Blancos have started the new La Liga campaign well with two wins in two outings, and so Julen Lopetegui will be pleased with the balance he has found in his side thus far.

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Nevertheless, particularly considering Mateo Kovacic left to join Chelsea on a season-long loan deal this summer, the Spanish tactician has lost an option in midfield and has yet to replace him to fill the void.

With the transfer deadline in Spain fast approaching on Friday, it doesn’t leave the reigning European champions with a great deal of time to do business, but according to Don Balon, they are eyeing a late swoop for Rabiot who is said to be valued at €60m by PSG.

Further, it’s specifically noted that Barcelona have been keen on the 23-year-old, and it could be a major blow to the Catalan giants if they see the Frenchman opt for a move to the Bernabeu instead.

Rabiot’s current contract expires next summer, and so with no official indication from the respective parties as of yet that he’s willing to sign a renewal, it has cast doubt over his future in the French capital.

That in turn has led to talk that PSG may opt to cash in on him rather than lose him for nothing next summer, with Calciomercato also backing the claim that Barcelona, Madrid and AC Milan are all keen on the idea of signing the talented midfield ace.

Given his technical quality and creativity, he would arguably be a great addition at Real Madrid to offer additional class alongside the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

With Madrid looking to compete on various fronts again this season, having that quality depth could be crucial to Lopetegui’s chances of enjoying a successful first year in charge.

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