Ivan Rakitic ‘s name is loud again in Milan. The Croatian is one of Inter’s goals to strengthen the centre of the field in the winter market next to the Serbian Nemanja Matic, whom Conte already directed at Chelsea .
According to La Gazzetta, recent contacts with Rakitic already existed and the name of the Barça player is back on the table. Conte wants to fight until the end with Juve to win the Scudetto and as he slipped to the press this weekend one of the vice-presidents of the club the center of the field is the line that the coach wants to reinforce.
Giuseppe Marotta , interist sports director, admitted that “we will see what opportunities there are in the market in January.”
Don Balon claims that Rakitic had a chat with Messi after Barcelona’s most recent La Liga against Eibar this weekend. The Croatian was only used as a substitute by manager Ernesto Valverde, and that further strengthens the claims made by Sport a couple of weeks ago – that the club’s management is steadily losing their trust in him, amidst his difficulty in regaining his lost form.
Rakitic joined the Blaugrana from Sevilla in 2014, for €18million. Since then, he has made 274 appearances for the club across various competitions, and has also recorded 34 goals and 37 assists.
The 31-year-old has also won one Champions League, four La Liga titles, four Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups with Barcelona.
Sport had also claimed that Barcelona ready to offload the midfielder to any club that is interested in him, provided they are ready to pay at least €40million for him. AC Milan, Inter Milan and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus are the top three Italian teams who have already expressed in him as per reports from various sources