Manchester United’s winter transfer window has attracted a lot of attention. It is a widespread consensus that the club ought to make the acquisition of a central attacking midfielder and a back-up striker a priority, while also ensuring that the surplus talent at Old Trafford is effectively dealt with.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have already taken anticipatory bail about United’s extent of activity in January with a range to three to no signings on the table.
However, now an intriguing opportunity may have presented itself to the Mancunian club, one beyond their existing transfer plans.
According to the Gazetta Dello Sport, Manchester United were contacted by representatives of Ivan Rakitic over the possibility of a January transfer.
The Croatian international has been linked with United in the past and increasingly so this season after it became evident that he was surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.
Separate reports have also claimed that Nemanja Matic may be leaving the club in the same window, so Rakitic could be his replacement in the midfield, although the Barcelona player’s style is more suited to an offensive ethos.
Further still, at 31 years of age, United fans won’t be too ecstatic to see Rakitic arrive, despite the fact that the player’s quality and style of play is impeccable. Moreover, his experience at the top level will be crucial for the club’s increasingly youthful first team, especially at establishing a possible leader figure.
However, it is unclear whether he fits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan for the club. Moreover, a transfer fee is likely to be part of the deal despite the player’s relative inactivity at the Camp Nou and the Old Trafford outfit will have to make the vital choice of allocating adequate funds for other potential purchases too.
Should United sign Rakitic?