Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot has informed Tottenham he has no intention of joining them, according to reports in France.
Rabiot has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs in recent days after Barcelona, who were believed to be favourites to sign the midfielder, completed a deal for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
De Jong’s move to the Nou Camp has seen Tottenham emerge as the frontrunners to sign Rabiot, and reports last week suggested the club had made a formal approach for the Frenchman.
However, French outlet L’Equipe (via GFFN) is now claiming Rabiot has formally told Spurs he does not want to move to north London.
The report goes on to say Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Barcelona and Chelsea could all battle for the 23-year-old’s signature in the summer.
It’s certainly a blow to Tottenham, who are attempting to recruit a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele after the Belgian’s move to China.
Rabiot would have been ideal but the club is surely looking at other options. It will be interesting to see if any business is done before Thursday’s deadline.