If Adrien Rabiot doesn’t cut his salary, he has no chance of joining Liverpool. According to reports, the Frenchman wants to play in England.
According to The Telegraph, Adrien Rabiot is considering moving to England. Juventus is eager to sell because he is in the final year of his contract with them. Depending on the competition for his signing, between £13m and £17m would also get him.
And Liverpool are reportedly among the teams on his list. Rabiot prioritizes the top four finishers from the previous season because he wants to compete in the Champions League.
In truth, it wouldn’t be the Reds’ worst signing. James Milner, Jordan Henderson, and Thiago, who will be 37 next season, are some of the older players in their midfield. Both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have contracts that expire in a year.
Rabiot has won multiple times in both Ligue 1 and Serie A, making him a winning machine. The midfielder is a winner of the UEFA Nations League with France as well. And to top it all, he’s just an excellent player.
The upcoming midfielders for Liverpool are all relatively young. The main worry here is that Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, and Fabio Carvalho still need time to develop into first-XI stars. Thus adding a player in his prime like Rabiot creates a nice bridge between the current stars and the next.
It would be wonderful business to get all of this for just £13 million. However, there is a significant catch that might put a stop to everything.
Adrien Rabiot and his salary
Rabiot makes about £6.3 million net annually, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport. There is almost no chance that Liverpool will pay him that much, which equals about £130k per week after taxes. Elite footballers pay more taxes in the UK than in Italy, where a law allows them to pay less.
Rabiot would therefore need to get about £200k per week from Liverpool in order for him to receive the same net income. There is simply no realistic way that could take place.
We could understand the logic in this situation and wonder whether Liverpool would consider it if Rabiot was willing to accept a substantial pay cut. But without that, this will never really take off.