Could be speculation. But multiple sources in the OSINT & mainstream media generally considered reliable are reporting the same , so it could be genuine news.Nothing new, the problem is : Does the IAF think that a new batch of 36 Rafales is an obstacle to the MRFA?
On the other hand I think if India buys 36 Rafales now it will be F4.2 so the source of this information is not very sure. The person is turning his own opinions into facts.
Personally I don't think the MMRCA-2. 0 or the MRFA tender will ever go thru. It's more of an insurance against the failure of the LCA-Mk2 / MWF program & will continue to be on the agenda till such time as the Mk2 / MWF doesn't achieve FOC that too within reasonable time lines ( left unsaid is the possibility that it may turn out to be a complete lemon & arrive too late for anything to be done about it in which case the MRFA tender would be on the table but as of now that's a remote possibility) .
Given the financial burden that procurement of 120 odd fighter aircrafts thru the tender would place on the Exchequer that too in these times , it makes sense to buy it off the shelf in a piecemeal manner & settle for off sets.
I reckon that's how we'd complete our quota of 4.5++ Gen 120 + fighters. There's a precedent for it too in how we went about the procurement of the Su-30 MKI fighters.