Ivan Rakitic (30 years old) continues to accumulate the interest of powerful clubs given his enormous performance and professionalism.
The Croatia has a contract in force until 2021 with a clause not very high (125 million) but prohibitive enough for a midfielder who, in addition, will turn 31 in March.
However, his good work as a Barça player and the fact that the club has signed Frenkie de Jong for next summer paying 75 million fixed and eleven other possible variables makes several teams try to tempt Rakitic .
The reading has its logic: if the club has spent that amount of money in the Dutch Ajax is to give much prominence, all with the acquiescence of Ernesto Valverde , who has recently renewed with the club and will remain on the bench, except for a capital debacle, next season.
The big leagues
These clubs that have been moved by Rakitic are some that already did last season. The PSG, as MD advanced last summer, made a spectacular offer to the Croatian midfielder and continues to maintain his interest in him given his problems in the midfield and the quality of Barça. Inter Milan have also entered the bidding force by Rakitic .
Yesterday, ‘Tuttosport’ reported a meeting of Ivan’s brother , Dejan , with leaders of the club ‘neroazzurro’ in which he put a condition to be able to choose to sign his brother next summer: Inter enters the Champions League . Now they are third in the table, position that would allow them to play the maximum European competition.
Also the Bayern of Munich maintains its interest of the past summer in Rakitic . The German club is planning an ambitious remodeling of its staff and thinks of the Croatian Barça as a possible goal. Bayern is a ‘big’ at European level and Rakitic already knows the Bundesliga after military at Schalke 04.
And in England, another club that follows closely Rakitic is Manchester United, given that just as Bayern wants to improve their roster of talented midfielders. They play with the money, prestige and attractiveness that the Premier League always offers.
It is also in the interest of these clubs that all of them know that Rakitic expects a contract improvement since last summer that FC Barcelona is not willing to grant him this season, claiming that the card was improved in 2017 when renewing.
Ivan wants to continue but also wants a ‘detail’ that even came to publicly ask Bartomeu at the last MD gala. In addition Rakitic , smart guy, knows that the club would not look bad on his way out if the offer that arrives is powerful. And he wants to remain a starter.