Over the years, Manchester United have been linked with Ivan Rakitic and the Croatian international was even on Solskjaer’s radar in the summer transfer window.
In the end, the versatile midfielder stayed with the Catalan giants but now, his future is once again up in the air and Man Utd are interested but will they be able to finally secure his signature?
According to Sport, the World Cup finalist is no longer a regular starter under Valverde and he is close to leaving the Nou Camp in the winter transfer window.
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In the summer (Sport), Manchester United offered 35 million euros to hire his services but at that time, Barcelona were not convinced and demanded a fee of 50 million euros (minimum).
Now, the Spanish source have claimed that the likes of Man Utd and Inter Milan have already made contact for Rakitic and the starting price requested by Barca is about 40 million euros (£35million).
In the current campaign, the former Sevilla star has only started one game (La Liga) and played for just 187 minutes in all competitions. So, it is clear that he needs to leave the Spanish champions for regular first team football.
As far as Man Utd are concerned, record signing Pogba has been dealing with injuries lately and the likes of Fred and Matic have been inconsistent and therefore, reinforcements are needed in the center of the park.
Rakitic has proved his worth over the years. He has won every major prize with Barcelona and featured more than 100 times for his national side. He has the quality to improve Man United but the major issue in my view is that he will turn 32 and signing him will only be a short term fix.
In your opinion, should Solskjaer splash the cash to lure Ivan Rakitic?
Bruno Fernandes is way more better.
Imagine playing Bruno Fernandes, McTominay, and Rakitic in a 4-3-3 formation…
Of course… Just get Rakitic anyhow.
He’ll improve our midfielder significantly. He may be 32 and not very pacy but he has Excellent ball retention skills and is a great passer, works hard and wins ball too.