Rakitic to leave Barcelona?
Ivan Rakitic has been on FC Barcelona’s books for just over five years now.
The Croatian made the switch to the Nou Camp from Sevilla.
During his stint in Barca Rakitic has racked up 274 appearances across all competitions for the Catalonian giants.
However, Rakitic, who is now 31 years of age, is finding his game time at Barcelona somewhat limited this campaign.
The midfielder has made five La Liga appearances this season but only one of them has come as a starter.
With Rakitic seemingly falling down the Barcelona midfielder pecking order, Spanish outlet Sport recently speculated that Rakitic is more likely to leave Barca in January than he is to complete his sixth season with the La Liga champions:
Ivan Rakitic’s time at FC Barcelona might be coming to an end. The Croatian midfielder is more likely to leave in the January transfer window than he is to complete his sixth season at the Camp Nou.
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Rakitic & Man United
That same report from Sport also claimed that Manchester United are one of the clubs interested in Rakitic.
However, ESPN have somewhat dampened any hopes Man United fans may have had over signing Rakitic.
ESPN would produce a report, in which they claimed United are ready to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January transfer window.
In the same article, ESPN would also claim that Rakitic is available but a move to Old Trafford is unlikely because of family reasons:
Midfielder Ivan Rakitic is available from Barcelona, but sources have told ESPN FC that a move to United is unlikely because of family reasons.