- In Latest Barcelona Transfer News, the club could still be looking at the possibility of Ivan Rakitic departing this summer
- The Croatian midfielder is attracting interest from PSG
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is attracting serious interest from French champions Paris Saint-Germain as new boss Thomas Tuchel looks to fine tune his squad ahead of the close of this summer’s transfer window on August 31. Spanish publication Sport has revealed that Barca are aware of PSG’s intentions but are yet to receive a formal bid for the player.
Rakitic himself is known to be aware of all the hype surrounding his future but is yet to make a concrete decision as yet. The ball is now completely in PSG’s court who are considering submitting a bid in the coming hours. If and when that happens, Barcelona and the player will have to sit down and make a difficult but quick decision.
Rakitic a key target for PSG
To elaborate on this Barcelona Transfer News, the Croatian star has emerged as a primary target for the Ligue 1 giants and they consider him to be the player who could well turn out to be the final piece in their midfield jigsaw. Rakitic’s release clause of €125 million is being seriously studied and PSG might even try and negotiate an appropriate bargain with Barcelona.
At Barcelona, the idea clearly is to keep Rakitic given his influence and stature at the club but they have also made it known to the 30-year-old that his current salary cannot be increased in any circumstances, at least for now. The midfielder signed a new deal until 2021 last summer and is already among the club’s top earners. So the Camp Nou hierarchy is banking on Rakitic to turn down PSG’s advances and show his loyalty to the club.
As already stated, Rakitic is also well aware of the Paris club’s long-standing interest but his priority is to continue at Barcelona as him and his family are very happy in the city. He also knows that he is an integral part of the club’s first team and has managed to hit peak form levels during his time at Camp Nou.
However, what needs to be kept in mind regarding this Barcelona Transfer News here is that if PSG do table an offer which includes a substantial rise in Rakitic’s weekly wage, serious doubts can arise and the player might be tempted into accepting the deal.
For now, both Rakitic and Barcelona are very calm as they are yet to receive a serious offer and no figures have been discussed at this stage. In fact, the player even sent posted a message on his Instagram account on Tuesday which reiterated his loyalty to the club.
PSG’s offer could tempt Barcelona into selling Rakitic
While Barcelona want Rakitic to stay at any cost, the club bosses could be tempted into considering PSG’s offer if it is out of this world and given the midfield general’s age. It is not an easy situation by any means, more so given how the relations have soured between the two clubs vis a vis Neymar and Marco Verratti over the past year or so. There is a lot of tension but proceeds from Rakitic’s sale could well turn out to be very important for Barcelona’s present and future.
To conclude this Barcelona Transfer News, the stage remains open to all possibilities at present and everything depends on whether an offer will arrive from Paris or not. The French champions have been studying the operation for the past 10 days or so and Barcelona will be forced to quickly conclude the deal as the season has already started and the transfer market is about to close in a few days time as well.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is also aware of the danger of letting Rakitic go and wants him to stay for at least one more year. The 30-year-old is one of the fundamental players at the club and the manager has instructed his board to quickly reinforce the squad if Rakitic indeed leaves for PSG.
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