Man United among clubs interested in Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic

Manchester United are eyeing a summer move for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

Barca stint

Since having made the move to the Camp Nou from Sevilla in 2014, Croatian star Rakitic has gone on to establish himself as an absolutely integral member of the Catalans’ squad, racking up 3 La Liga titles, 4 Copa Del Reys and the Champions League over his 4-and-a-half seasons with the club.

And the 30-year-old has proven crucial to the Blaugrana’s successes once again to this point in the current campaign.

Rakitic has been handed starts in 20 of the La Liga leaders’ 24 league outings, as well as all 7 of their fixtures in the Champions League.

Rakitic on the move?

As such, reports that the 101-time capped international could be moved on come the summer have come as something of a surprise.

Though some sections of the Barcelona faithful have never fully taken to Rakitic, he is known to be a firm-favourite of manager Ernesto Valverde.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona scores his team’s second goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

However, with Frenkie De Jong set to add to the Spanish champions’ options in the middle of the park in the summer, and Adrien Rabiot continuing to be linked with a move to the Camp Nou, reports have begun to mount of late that Rakitic could be the odd man out at Barca come the end of the season.

Man United join the race

As such, a number of European giants have already been named as potential suitors of the experienced midfielder.

Serie A giants Inter Milan have been the most heavily-linked, with Bayern Munich and PSG also named as keen admirers.

And, as per the aforementioned report courtesy of Mundo Deportivo this morning, the latest club to express an interest in Rakitic’s signature are Premier League giants Manchester United.

MD claims that the Red Devils are on the lookout for midfield reinforcements, and that Rakitic is viewed as the ideal addition.

A potential midfield trio of Rakitic, Paul Pogba and the rejuvenated Ander Herrera is no doubt a tantalising prospect for the Manchester giants, though it remains to be seen whether the Croatian himself is interested in a move to Old Trafford.

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