Chelsea try to sign Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic
The front page of Spanish daily Sport has a big transfer story on Tuesday: Chelsea are trying to sign Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.
Sport’s splash makes it clear that Chelsea are targeting Rakitic in the summer.
Will Barcelona be open to selling the Croatian midfielder?
Sport note one their front page that Rakitic’s intention is to stay at Barcelona.
Sport use a quote from Rakitic in which he said “I’d like to renew with Barca, and stay with the club for many years to come.”
📰 [SPORT] | Chelsea After Rakitic
🔶 The English club is interested in signing him in June if Barça agrees to negotiate his departure
🔷 The footballer reiterated his desire to continue: "I would like to renew and stay for many years" pic.twitter.com/z6cIr6xYAN
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) January 29, 2019
Ivan Rakitic’s Barcelona contract
Now 30, Ivan Rakitic is under contract at the Camp Nou until 2021.
Rakitic has been at Barcelona since 2014, when he joined the Catalans from Sevilla.
Rakitic is a key member of Barcelona’s squad and a regular feature in midfield.
He’s scored two goals and chipped in with one assist in 20 La Liga matches this season.
He’s also played six times in the Champions League (1 goals, 2 assist), plus three times in the Copa del Rey.
Frenkie de Jong
Yet Rakitic may have a problem getting into the Barcelona team next season.
That’s after Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax last week.
The Dutch youngster cost the Catalans £75 million, while De Jong will move to Spain in the summer.
🗣 Rakitic on Frenkie de Jong's arrival and whether it'll influence him: "That's a good question for the manager or the president. People who know me, know I'm here just to play. "
[Gala Mundo Deportivo, MD] pic.twitter.com/FTv8eUzkvG
— Omar🎗️ (@Blaugranagram) January 28, 2019
Barcelona have to sell
There have been reports that Barcelona’s de Jong signing pushed the Catalans into a corner.
Last week Spanish daily AS claimed that Barcelona have to sell two players from the following three this summer to balance their books: Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti.
Unsurprising immediate consequence of Bartomeu's 'coup' with De Jong – Barca will have to sell two of Rakitic, Coutinho & Umtiti in summer to balance books, it says here: https://t.co/az3Ruu5B3s
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 23, 2019
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