Barcelona and Ivan Rakitic have both reportedly opened up on the speculation suggesting that they’re preparing to split next summer.
The 30-year-old midfield stalwart and World Cup finalist Ivan Rakitic has been associated with a move away from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain for a record fee of €125 m. However, there are still speculations if the Blaugranas are ready for a split with their star midfielder.
Rakitic has made a staggering 236 appearances in that time, playing over 50 games in each campaign he’s been at the Nou Camp, and so that underlines just how important he is to the reigning Spanish champions and current boss Ernesto Valverde. There are conflicting reports in the Catalan sporting press over the future of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic with interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
Catalunya Ràdio journalist Quique Guasch reported that there was an agreement between the player and the club to sell next summer for below his €125m release clause. It would have been a concern for many that reports claimed he had put his house up for sale and school plans were being made for his children, but as noted by Mundo Deportivo, it’s suggested that both Barcelona and Rakitic have now dismissed those claims which were made by Catalunya Radio.
The Croatian’s deal at Camp Nou runs through until the summer of 2021. With a hefty release clause of €125 m and Paris Saint-Germain specifically mentioned in the report as an interested party, it remains to be seen if the French giants can come close to that fee in order to perhaps spark fresh speculation and test the resolve of the Catalan giants next year.
Rakitic has been a crucial presence in the Barcelona midfield ever since his arrival from Sevilla in 2014. His partnership with Sergio Busquets has led the La Liga toppers to new heights in recent years. For now though, based on this latest report, it would seem as though he’s going nowhere, as he’ll look to continue to play a vital role in Barcelona’s pursuit of further silverware this season.