Report: Bayern Munich join the race for Ivan Rakitic

BILBAO, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona in action during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich have reportedly become the latest club to show an interest in signing Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.

At 30 years old, Rakitic’s time at Barcelona is in doubt right now with the club having given no indication whatsoever on whether they will grant his wish of a new contract.

The Croatia international has been a key member of a Barcelona midfield, which has featured the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, ever since he completed a transfer in 2014 from fellow La Liga side Sevilla.

But Rakitic’s contract at Camp Nou will expire in June 2021 and it appears increasingly unlikely that Barcelona will hand him an extension, despite the player’s wishes.

The Blaugrana have begun to invest in new young stars in an attempt to build up a championship winning team for the future in a similar manner to what arch-rivals Real Madrid are doing right now.

Arthur Melo, who joined from Brazilian side Gremio in an initial €31m deal last summer, is one example on where Barcelona are going and the 21-year-old has already earned himself comparisons with none other than Xavi.

Ernesto Valverde’s side also confirmed in January their capture of Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong, who will officially join them on July 1 for €75m plus a potential €11m in add-ons.

And Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is reportedly closing in on a free transfer to Barcelona himself this summer with the 23-year-old having allegedly made a verbal agreement to sign for the club.

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Therefore, Rakitic’s hopes of remaining in Catalonia are slim at best as it’s unlikely there will be a place for him in the Barcelona midfield next season.

Inter Milan have already been strongly linked with a move for the World Cup finalist and they’ve refused to rule it out when asked about it.

But Sport reports that a new contender for Rakitic’s services has emerged in Bayern Munich, who are planning to remodel their squad at the end of the season and believe they can offer an attractive deal.

The 30-year-old previously played in the Bundesliga between 2007 to 2011 for Schalke 04, which is another reason why Bayern are keen on signing him.

Chelsea were another club believed to be interested in Rakitic, but their transfer ban by FIFA today rules them out altogether.

Manchester United and Juventus have also been linked with Barcelona understood to be willing to consider a sale of €50m.

The report does add though that any discussions over Rakitic’s future at Barcelona will be put on hold until the summer.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 02: Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Huesca at Camp Nou on September 2, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 02: Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s fifth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Huesca at Camp Nou on September 2, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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