Ivan Rakitic and Barcelona are a saga of their own. The Croatia international has been heavily linked with a move away from Camp Nou basically since the start of the 2019-20 season, with the midfielder falling out of the starting lineup. He was not used that much under Ernesto Valverde, nor did he get his regular place in the team under Quique Setien.
But considering that Rakitic’s contract with Barcelona is set to end in June 2021, Barcelona now want to do everything they can to sell him. SPORT are reporting that and it is clear why – they want to earn on a transfer fee this summer, rather than lose the player next summer when he becomes a free agent.
It also might be too much for Rakitic to wait another year to make a move from Barca, which would make it two poor seasons for him in a row. He might be eager to see out his contract, but Barcelona will do their best to sell him soon.
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