Tottenham joins the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, but faces competition from Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Napoli and Sevilla as the star of Croatia ponders the future at Nou Camp
- Ivan Rakitic’s future at Barcelona is uncertain after losing the first team position
- Rakitic has been the second choice of Frenkie De Jong since his arrival last summer
- Rakitic is dissatisfied with Barca’s attempt to use him as part of a deal to contract Neymar
- The midfielder says he will not be treated as a ‘bag of potatoes’ by the Catalans
Tottenham is entering the race to sign Ivan Rakitic, the Barcelona midfielder after the midfielder has admitted he is considering his future at the club.
Rakitic has been an important part of Barca’s success since joining the club from Seville in 2014, but has been relegated to a supporting role this season.
With the arrival of Ajax from Frenkie De Jong last summer, the Rakitic lost his place in the first team and led to questions about his future.
Tottenham reportedly participated in the race to contract Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona midfielder
Rakitic has revealed that he declined a switch to PSG last summer as part of a deal for Neymar
Rakitic hinted after saying he didn’t want to be treated like a ‘bag of potatoes’
This week, Croatia international revealed that Barca had attempted to use him as a makeweight as part of a proposed deal to sign Neymar from PSG last summer.
Hurt by that development, Rakitic stated that he will not allow Barca to treat him like a “bag of potatoes” and that he wants to be respected “where he feels”. ‘
With only one year left on his contract at the Nou Camp, it seems likely that he can move on this summer, with a large number of clubs lining up for his signature.
Jose Mourinho has long been an admirer of Rakitic and would like to strengthen his midfield options
According to Mundo DeportivoTottenham is the newest club to register their interest while Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen his midfield options.
Spurs’ bid for Rakitic could be helped by Barca’s reported interest in Tanguy Ndombele, who has endured a strained relationship with Mourinho.
The Portuguese has long admired Rakitic, but he faces competition from Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Sevilla and Napoli for the 32-year-old.
Barca may also choose to offer him a new deal, with manager Quique Setien stated last week that he will continue to play if he remains with the club.