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

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

Transfer window lifted again: La Liga allows Barca to sign new striker, emergent

Spain's footballing authorities have given Barcelona the green light to make an emergency signing after confirming forward Ousmane Dembele will miss at least the next six months with a hamstring issue. The France international, who joins fellow striker Luis Suarez on the sidelines, underwent surgery in Finland last week. Barca, who allowed youngster Carles Perez to leave for AS Roma in January on loan despite Suarez being ruled out for four months, now have a 15-day period in which they can sign a replacement - despite the European transfer window being closed. Spanish football regulations allow sides to make emergency signings if they can prove they will be left short if a player is ruled out for five months or longer. La Liga's