Man United In Talks With Barca Over Potential £34m Ivan Rakitic Transfer

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring their fifth goal.

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Man United must be desperately waiting for the winter transfer window in order to get themselves out of the current slump.

Even if the club is able to recover their standings in the Premier League after the host of injury woes cease affecting them, there is no denying that a massive talent gap still exists.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be slated for at least two more windows if he is able to save his job until then and the players that have been linked with in this regard will be crucial to United’s future.

While a host of names are doing the rounds as probable United targets, a past interest may be a likely deal.


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As per the Sport, Manchester United have registered interest with Barcelona over the winter acquisition of Ivan Rakitic.

The Croatian midfielder was linked with the Red Devils this past summer as it appeared likely that his role at the Camp Nou was in threat due to younger talents.

Sure enough, the 31-year-old isn’t attaining requisite game time and is now looking like a probable departure come January.

United aren’t alone in their interest as Inter Milan are also reported to be eyeing up the deal which could be around the £34 million mark.


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However, Rakitic doesn’t necessarily fit the profile of players that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen for at Old Trafford at the moment, nor is his spot a vital need in the present squad.

While his experience and creative intent would be a welcome addition, United are bound to be better off if they target a clinical striker, a young forward and defensive reinforcements across their backline.

Further, the age of the Barca star isn’t going to please the fans either who already feel that the Old Trafford outfit is presently housing far too many aging legs, contributing to their ongoing decline.