Atletico Madrid put groundwork for Ivan Rakitic’s summer move

    Atletico Madrid have reportedly approached Barcelona misfit Ivan Rakitic over a summer transfer, reports in Spain and England say

    Rakitic’s contract at the Camp Nou is due to expire in summer 2021, but the 31-year-old seems more likely to leave Catalunya already at the end of the ongoing season.

    The former Sevilla midfielder has become something of a scapegoat at Barcelona, often finding himself blamed for the Catalans’ struggling by the fans.

    The Croatia international has tumbled down the pecking order this term and could be seeking a way out of Barcelona for regular first-team football.

    According to FourFourTwo, Atletico Madrid contacted Rakitic’s representatives to understand the feasibility of a deal after a 1-0 home win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League last-16.

    Desperate to remain in La Liga, the player has reportedly given his consent and could end up teaming up with Diego Simeone’s side if the Wanda Metropolitano outfit stick to the terms they’ve originally proposed to him.

    Rakitic has spent the last nine years playing in Spain’s top-tier, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.

    In addition to Atletico, Manchester United and Inter Milan have both been credited with an interest in Rakitic, which, however, seems to have faded away.

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