Ivan Rakitic ‘edges closer to Barcelona exit as contract talks stall’… with PSG, Manchester United and Inter Milan keeping tabs on midfielder’s situation
- Ivan Rakitic’s future looks set to be away from Barcelona as ‘contract talk stalls’
- The Croatian midfielder has fallen down the pecking order and could depart
- Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be monitoring Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic’s days as a Barcelona player look numbered with the Croatian midfielder yet to agree to a new deal.
Spanish publication AS report that he is set to be used less and less as he ‘edges closer’ to the exit door with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs monitoring his situation.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde brought in Frenkie de Jong from Ajax this summer and also wants to use Sergi Roberto further up the pitch, reducing the number of chances Rakitic is likely to get if he stays.
Ivan Rakitic’s future at Barcelona has been plunged into more doubt as contract talks ‘stall’
Rakitic’s current deal at the Nou Camp is due to expire in 2021 and with the increasing need to reduce the wage bill following the £108million arrival of Antoine Griezmann, the Croat could be shown the door.
He made the move from Sevilla to Barcelona back in 2014 and has since accrued more than 250 appearances for the Spanish giants.
The player is keen to stay at the club and looked to improve his case with Barcelona’s only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea recently.
Rakitic’s current deal expires in 2021 and the club could try to get him off the wage bill sooner
Rakitic recently went public with his desire to stay with the Catalan side but the decision may be taken out of his hands.
‘I’ve spoken with the club and the coach and we have the same idea, for me to stay at Barca,’ Rakitic said.
‘We’re open to everything, as always, but my intention is to stay. I have two more years on my contract and I want to keep enjoying myself at Barca.
‘It doesn’t annoy me. I know that football works like this and it makes me proud because if other teams want me it’s because I’m doing things very well. I’m calm.’
Antonio Conte wants to bolster his midfield at Inter Milan while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeking reinforcements in the centre of the park this summer having been tracking Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes extensively.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has pushed Rakitic further down the midfield pecking order