Ivan Rakitic is keen on leaving Barcelona and joining Atletico Madrid in the summer, according to Marca.
The latest report confirms those from a while back which claim the contact between the Rojiblancos and the Croatian had already been made. Apparently, Atletico have identified the Barcelona midfielder as their priority target at the end of the season and have already informed his representatives of their interest.
Rakitic wants to continue playing in Spain. He has also been courted by his former club Sevilla, who would like to have him make an emotional return to the club he left in 2014 to join Barcelona in the first place. The 32-year-old himself will likely be the one to make the final call on where he plays next as it’s getting ‘clearer by the day’ that he won’t be with the La Liga champions next season. He has already won European trophies with both Sevilla and Barcelona, and he’s apparently looking to do the same with Atletico now. His family have reportedly already started searching for a house in the Spanish capital.
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