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Rakitic unwanted in Barcelona, but in demand in Italy

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Ivan Rakitic may be unwanted in Barcelona, but he is sought after in Italy, as Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus vie for his signature.

The 31-year-old Croatian international has gone from the first name on the team sheet to almost invisible at Barcelona this season.

Last season he made 54 appearances for the Catalonian side.

While this year he has played a grand total of 255 minutes over ten games.

There was plenty of speculation over his future in the last summer transfer window, but nothing materialized.

It now appears that provided Barcelona don’t price him out of any move, he has his pick of sides, as long as he fancy’s a move to Serie A.

Both the Milan sides, AC and Inter have expressed an interest, while Juventus are also weighing up a bid too.

According to the Daily Mail, Inter’s Antonio Conte is in search of a leader.

He said:

“I hope a leader comes here.”

A midfield general like Rakitic could be Conte’s man.

His contract expires in 2021, so Barcelona will not let him go on the cheap.