This summer, Liverpool are open to swapping Naby Keita for Adrien Rabiot, a midfielder for Juventus.
Apparently, Liverpool and Juventus are considering an “equal exchange” for the two players, according to Calciomercatoweb.
Both are said to be 27 years old and have a combined worth of almost £17 million, so they could ‘change shirts.
Both teams are reportedly eager to upgrade their midfield. A swap may take place, according to the reports, because the two players each have one year remaining on their contracts.
Rabiot not an improvement on Keita
Liverpool’s need for an extra midfielder this summer is mostly driven by the fact that an extra body is needed.
Last season saw Jurgen Klopp frequently rotating his midfield three mainly because of short-term injury issues.
The manager could do with an extra player to count on who can also be a starter in the team more often than not. As Keita is currently fourth choice, and banging on the door for third-choice, this might not really make sense.
Rabiot, despite being a different kind of midfielder than Liverpool’s number 8, is perhaps a drop-off. This kind of trade would not enhance Klopp’s current situation.
If Rabiot should be taken as a supplement to enhance Klopp’s current options then that’s a different story. The low asking price for the France international suggests that he might be a wise addition. He has his strengths, and Juve veteran Gianluigi Buffon called him “amazing” in Corriere dello Sport via Sportstar.
But as a substitute for Keita? From our perspective, there is no merit to that.
Swap agreements are infamous for being challenging to negotiate. Liverpool isn’t likely to want to get involved in such a difficult negotiation when there are more important matters to take care of.