Barcelona Ready To Make Rakitic Sacrifice To Keep Messi At Camp Nou

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FC Barcelona are currently in a crisis they never thought they would find themselves in, as it involves the transfer worries of Lionel Messi moving away from the club.

In order to prevent such a thing from happening, Barcelona are ready to sell off Ivan Rakitic and Arda Turan to collect funds and pay off their pending wages. Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are ready to raid the Nou Camp this summer and take away the Croatian midfielder away to the Etihad.

City are in desperate need to find a midfielder to fill the shoes of long term absentee Ilkay Gundogan, and Ivan Rakitic, who is also wanted by their neighbours United as well, is more than an ideal replacement with his skills and abilities.

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Barcelona are currently considering offloading players to pay for Messi’s wage demands, and Arda Turan is another name on that list. The Turk could be on his way to China if reports from ​El Confidencial are to be believed.

Alonso Castilla, El Confidencial’s reporter, also gave an update on Rakitic’s situation, by stating: “He’s lost weight in the team in recent times, when last year he was practically untouchable due to his tremendous work rate. But now his situation is not the same and Man City appear on the horizon for the Croatian central midfielder.”

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Atletico Madrid are another club that might make a move for Rakitic in this window after almost signing him from Sevilla before Barca stepped up last minute and swept him away.

The final say is now in Messi’s hands, as it always has been, and it all boils down to the next few months and his decision to extend the contract with the club that made him who he is today.

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