Transfer: Ivan Rakitic set to leave Barcelona for Man Untd for £17.6m

Ivan Rakitic is on the verge of leaving the Catalan club for Old Trafford - The Croatian has dropped down the perking order in the Barcelona first team
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Ivan Rakitic is on the verge of leaving the Catalan club for Old Trafford – The Croatian has dropped down the perking order in the Barcelona first team

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Manchester United are keen on having Rakitic in a bid to fortify their midfield.

The Croatian could be playing at the Old Trafford this summer as he is said to be free to leave Barcelona for £17.6m, according to reports from SunSport.

Rakitic who has been a major part of the Barcelona squad previously has failed to impress in the last couple of seasons and this will allow the Catalan club to let him go.

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The former Sevilla attacking midfielder joined Barcelona on June 16, 2014 when he signed a 5-year contract.

Barcelona chiefs are in desperate bid to recoup the £17m they paid in signing him in 2014 as his contract lapses by June 2021.

Despite the continued spread of the coronavirus, Spanish outlet Marca reports that although there are uncertainties as regards the start of the next transfer window, Rakitic will leave Barcelona regardless.

Reports say there are offers from top European clubs in Italy, France and especially England as Manchester United are keen on having him to bolster their midfield.

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Rakitic will leave the Catalan club with his head high winning 13 trophies with his major title the 2015 UEFA Champions league where he also scored in that final.

He has so far made 299 appearances for the club.

It would be a very busy transfer window for Barcelona as Neymar’s return to the club from Paris Saint-Germain could cost the Spanish side Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, reports in Spain claim.

It is no more news that Neymar desires to return to the Camp Nou since he made a world record move of £198million in 2017 to Paris.

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On the other hand, Barca are willing to offload players in the summer due to lack of funds for the club to spend in the summer window.

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