Manchester United’s terrible start to the season has forced them to begin identifying targets for January already. One of the names at the top of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list is none other than Ivan Rakitic. The Barcelona midfielder is clearly a backup option at the Camp Nou and many sides across Europe would love to add his quality and experience to their squads.
However, according to the ‘Daily Mail’, United has been met with a firm ‘no’ in the pursuit of Rakitic. The Croatian’s family don’t want to move to Manchester, despite the riches on offer, and would instead prefer a move to either Paris or Milan.
It’s unclear whether PSG or Inter would be willing to make an offer for Rakitic in the winter transfer window. But it seems, at least for now, that the midfielder’s future won’t involve a switch to the Premier League.
The Croatian international has been a key player for the Blaugrana since joining the club from Sevilla in 2014. So far, Rakitic has made 274 appearances for the Catalan club, scoring 34 goals and providing 37 assists.
This season, the 31-year-old has featured in six out of Barcelona’s ten matches, making just one start with Ernesto Valverde preferring a midfield trio of Arthur, Sergio Busquets, and Frenkie de Jong.
Rakitic’s current contract expires in 2021 but the Blaugrana are keen on letting him go before then, according to Sport. A recent report from Diario Gol claims that Manchester City manager Guardiola is an admirer of the Croatian international and wants to make a move for him in January.
Rakitic is currently valued at €35million according to Transfermarkt and that seems a price City could easily afford. However, it might be difficult for the 31-year-old to find game time at the Etihad because of the amount of quality in Guardiola’s midfield.