Barcelona confirm interest in Rabiot but deny breaking transfer rules

BARCELONA (AFP) – Spanish champions Barcelona confirmed their interest in signing Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot in a statement on Sunday but have denied any transfer irregularities.

“FC Barcelona wish to address stories published in France regarding the signing of players from PSG, and make clear that they have not breached any rule in this regard,” said the statement.

“The only contact made was during August and one week ago. In both cases, this contact was made with PSG’s sporting management to show FC Barcelona’s interest in player Adrien Rabiot.”

PSG said earlier in December that they will allow the 23-year-old, whose contract expires in the summer, to join another club at the end of the season due to his reluctance to sign a new deal.

His agent Veronique Rabiot, who is also his mother, said the following day that the situation between the French champions and her son had completely deteriorated.