Inter Milan ‘in pole position to land Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic’ with Manchester United and Juventus also keen on January move for the Croatian
- Inter Milan are favourites to sign out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic
- Manchester United and Juventus are also in the race to land the Croatian star
- Rakitic has two years left on his deal and has been at the Nou Camp since 2014
- The 31-year-old recently admitted his frustration at his lack of playing time
Inter Milan have moved to the front of the queue to sign out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to reports.
The 31-year-old, who was a regular in the Barcelona starting XI last season, has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp following the arrival of Frenkie de Jong earlier this summer.
This has prompted the likes of Manchester United and Juventus to make enquiries about the midfielder but it is Inter who are favourites to land him in January, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Inter Milan are favourites to sign out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic in January
Reports suggested that the Croatia international is the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wishlist once the transfer window reopens, with United desperately lacking depth in midfield.
Rakitic has only started once for Barcelona this season and has only played 187 minutes of football, something which frustrated the midfielder.
Currently on international duty with Croatia, Rakitic said he is desperate to play but may look at other options come January if his time on the pitch doesn’t improve.
‘It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team,’ Rakitic told Crotaian media outlet 24sata.
‘I will do everything possible to change my situation. I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona.
Rakitic has fallen out of favour with Ernesto Valverde, who has preferred Frenkie de Jong
‘It’s the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.’
Rakitic, who joined Barca from Sevilla in 2014, added that he has spoken to president Josep Bartomeu and captain Lionel Messi about his prospects.
‘I spoke with people at the club everyone knew I had other options. I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch.
‘I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changed, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again.’
Rakitic has two years left on his current deal at the Nou Camp.