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Liverpool know clear Juventus transfer ‘swap’ truth but free signing could yet make sense

 

 

Liverpool have been linked with Juventus in a January player exchange deal. That move does not add up for Jürgen Klopp but a slightly different one could instead.

 

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is enjoying something of a renaissance this season. Perhaps spurred on by the fact that the World Cup was taking place mid-season, the French midfielder has produced some, if not all, of his best performances in the black-and-white for the opening three months of this season.

 

Moreover, Rabiot was one of France’s star performers in their opening game in Qatar, dispatching Australia 4-1. It’s been quite the turnaround for a player who has in the past (and still does) divide many.

 

It can be quite difficult to put your finger on what Rabiot is good at, but if coaches the calibre of Max Allegri and Didier Deschamps continue to play him from the start, they obviously see something many of us don’t.

 

Rabiot’s contract with Juventus is set to run out at the end of the season, and a report from Calciomercato.com states that the Serie A side could look to swap Rabiot in the January window, as a way to use his remaining value in an effort to get a player of quality in return.

 

That player is Liverpool’s Kostas Tsimikas. The Greek defender has enjoyed a productive season so far for Liverpool. Making the most of his chances when Andy Robertson has been rested, Tsimikas has seen his playing time more than doubled this season compared to this time a year ago.

 

And Tsimikas has made his minutes count. He has provided five assists in all competitions from 16 games and has produced some standout performances even when not laying on an assist with that pinpoint left foot.

 

That player is Liverpool’s Kostas Tsimikas. The Greek defender has enjoyed a productive season so far for Liverpool. Making the most of his chances when Andy Robertson has been rested, Tsimikas has seen his playing time more than doubled this season compared to this time a year ago.

 

And Tsimikas has made his minutes count. He has provided five assists in all competitions from 16 games and has produced some standout performances even when not laying on an assist with that pinpoint left foot.

 

 

But the chances of either side giving the green light to this deal is highly doubtful, especially not in January. Liverpool could ill afford to be without an understudy left-back in the business end of the season. As of writing, Liverpool remain in four competitions and Jürgen Klopp will need everyone available for selection from Boxing Day until the end of the season in late May.

 

From a Juventus perspective, Rabiot, valued at £15m by Transfermarkt, has a big supporter in Allegri, and he has been one of Juve’s best players in the last few weeks. He’s scored five times in all competitions this season, already equalling his best season with two-thirds of this one still to play.

 

When Serie A resumes in early January, Rabiot will likely be the cornerstone of Allegri’s midfield from then until the end of the season. Beyond that, though, if he doesn’t sign a new deal and continues to perform as he is, then Liverpool could be keen on a free.

 

 

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