Chelsea are trying to sign Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic

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.”

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.

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.

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