Barcelona agree to drop price for Ivan Rakitić amid interest from Sevilla

Barcelona are set to sit down with Sevilla to discuss a move to take midfielder Ivan Rakitic back to the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

Rakitić left Sevilla back in 2014 after establishing himself as one of La Liga’s best creators, but after a couple of impressive seasons at the Camp Nou, the Croatia international is no longer a core part of Kwik Setien’s side. .

Rakitic starred for Sevilla before joining Barcelona in 2014 / Manuel Quimadillos Alonso / Getty Images

His contract expires in 2021, and Sport note that Barca have no intention of offering him a renewal, so they are ready to let him go this summer before he is on a free. go away

They had hoped to raise €20m by selling Rakitić, but it is accepted that no one will pay that much for the aging midfielder with just one year left on his contract.

Sevilla are front-runners in the queue for Rakitić’s signature this summer, and the midfielder himself is keen to return to finish his career with the club – but only if they can afford his wages and signing-on fee. will be able to when they sign it. A free transfer.

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— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) July 6, 2020

The 32-year-old is set to see out the final year of his contract and leave on a free, in which case Barcelona will pay him another load of his €7.8m-a-year salary, so La Blaugrana are willing to lower their demands. are ready for Try to make a deal this summer.

It seems highly unlikely that Barca will agree to let Rakitić go for free, but they are expected to drop his asking price to save money to avoid paying that hefty salary. Makes a lot of sense for a club looking to

Talks over Rakitić’s future have been put on hold until August after the Champions League came to a close to ensure he remains focused on helping Barca win at least one trophy this season. .

Miralem Pejanic has already agreed to join Barcelona / Soccer Images / Getty Images

Having already offloaded Arthur in exchange for Juventus’ Miralem Pjanić, Barcelona are keen to continue their midfield reshuffle.

Youngster Ricky Puig is expected to earn more minutes next season after an impressive return to La Liga, and when you consider the return from injury of Pjanić and Frankie de Jong, that’s no surprise. That there will be nowhere for Rakitić to go forward.

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