Ivan Rakitic is no longer high on Barça coach Ernesto Valverde. Now the club is looking for a customer for the Croat. Juventus Turin beckons, but the Italians currently have no budget for the transfer.
Juventus apparently wants to make one final attempt to sign Ivan Rakitic before the transfer window ends on 2 September. The two sides met on August 19, as reported by "Sport". At that time, the Italians proposed a player exchange between the Croat and Emre Can. This is because Juve seems to have no budget left to buy Rakitic directly from his contract (its market value is 40 million euros).
However, bartering is out of the question for Barça as they already have an oversupply in midfield. The Catalans are said to have offered Rakitic – along with other players – PSG to push the transfer fee of Neymar's dream object.
If a sale of Rakitic is too expensive for the interested clubs, Barça's club bosses consider lending Rakitic a season to cash in with him next summer. His contract expires in 2021, so a possible sale from a financial point of view would be desirable. Juventus could live well with a loan with buy option – Rakitic could help the Italian record champion athletic directly and the payment would be postponed for a year.
Rakitic is at the crossroads
Ultimately, of course, trained at FC Basel Rakitic must decide for himself what is best for his career. Originally, the 104-time international wanted to extend his contract with Barça, because he and his Spanish wife feel very comfortable there. But the current sporting situation looks little rosy: In both league games he sat on the bench, in the last game he was not even come on.
In midfield, Arthur, Sergio Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Arturto Vidal, and Carles Alenya are in fierce competition. In addition, the critics accuse him of often dragging the game. Even his lack of tempo resistance is often an issue, especially since he certainly will not get faster with his 31 years.
Although his previous record speaks for him: Since his arrival in 2014 from Seville, he is the Player with the most bets at Barcelona, In 269 games Rakitic met 35 times and delivered 35 assists.
If Rakitic only plays the role of bench-keeper again in the next game against Osasuna, he could be beaten and open to a transfer.