Ivan Rakitic has been constantly linked with a move away from Camp Nou with Manchester United keen to secure the Croatia international’s services.
Following the arrival of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, Ivan Rakitic could be heading out of Catalonia. Although the Croatian wants to stay at the club, the Dutchman’s arrival will affect his role in the starting XI.
Moreover, Barcelona are desperate to raise funds in order to sign the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Mattijs de Ligt. The experienced midfielder is one of the many players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring to Old Trafford.
Reports by the Daily Mail suggest that the Red Devils have already asked the reigning Spanish champions about Ivan Rakitic.
The playmaker has been at the club since 2014 but at the age of 31, his time could be coming to an end. Manchester United are willing to give him a great financial package but it remains to be seen if Rakitic would want to leave.
However, it remains to be seen if such a signing would actually help the club. Manchester United are already going through a period of transition and might be served better signing younger players.
A few days ago, Wayne Rooney went to great lengths to discuss the club’s transfer plans.
The former striker stated that rather than going for expensive signings, United should make moves for younger players who could be at the club for many years.
“The first thing Ole has to do is build the squad and I don’t think bringing in one or two players for £100m is going to help the players already there,” said the former England skipper, 33.
“Ole’s better spending £30-40m on players with potential and building the squad around those five or six players.
“You could bring in players like Ronaldo, Messi, Ramos or Bale but it’s going to cost you £350m and you’d get two years out of them and you’ve written that money off,” said the DC United striker while speaking to BBC.