PSG midfielder Rabiot agrees to join Barcelona in summer
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot will join Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer.
The 23-year-old’s contract runs out then and he has agreed a signing-on fee of ¤10 million as well as a salary of just over ¤190,000 a week for five years with the La Liga leaders.
Barcelona are also confident of signing the 19-year-old Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo on a free transfer in June.
PSG, meanwhile, are in pole position to sign young Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who had also interested Barcelona and Manchester City. The French club are in advanced talks with Ajax and are likely to agree a fee in the region of ¤70 million for the 21-year-old midfielder.
Dominic Solanke has signed for Bournemouth in a ¤19 million deal, less than 18 months after he joined Liverpool from Chelsea. The 21-year-old had attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs this month, including Crystal Palace, who pulled out of a loan move for the striker because of concerns about his fitness in the short term.
Bournemouth, however, were open to signing Solanke on a permanent basis and Liverpool accepted an offer that could rise with various add-ons.
Chelsea are also expected to profit from the transfer. It is understood they had a sell-on clause inserted as part of the deal that was reached in 2017, after the two clubs eventually came to an agreement without the need to go to a tribunal.
Solanke featured 27 times for Liverpool last season, but all except six of those appearances were from the bench and he scored only once, against Brighton on the final day. He has not played at all this season and has recently been recovering from a minor injury.
A prolific goalscorer at youth level, Solanke is highly regarded within the England setup and made his senior debut as a substitute against Brazil in November 2017. His club career has never really taken off, but both Solanke and Bournemouth will hope that all changes now he has moved to the south coast.
“Dominic is technically gifted, very athletic and has the physical profile that will give us something different in our front line,” Eddie Howe, Bournemouth’s manager, said. “He has done very well for England at various age groups, has a huge amount of potential and I’m really excited about working with him.”
Solanke will be joined at Bournemouth by Nathaniel Clyne, who has signed on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season having fallen down the pecking order at Anfield behind Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez. The England defender has played only five times this season and managed only a similar number in the previous campaign because of a back problem. Solanke’s move to the south coast will pave the way for Jermain Defoe to join Rangers on an 18-month loan.
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has told Callum Hudson-Odoi that his development would be best served at Stamford Bridge, rather than Bayern Munich, as he urged the 18-year-old to commit to the new contract on offer from the Londoners.
Hudson-Odoi, who is fit after a hamstring injury and in line to start against Nottingham Forest in today’s FA Cup tie, is the subject of a ¤33 million offer from Bayern, which the club is considering. The winger has made six appearances this season but believes that he merits greater opportunity. – Guardian