Chelsea and Manchester United ‘ask about Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic with his contract situation unresolved’
- Ivan Rakitic has insisted he wants to open talks with club about extending deal
- Deal runs until 2021 but Barcelona reportedly do not intend to discuss a new one
- Premier League sides Chelsea and Man United have shown interest in midfielder
Rakitic dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Barcelona and insisted he wants to open talks with the club about extending his contract last month.
The 30-year-old’s current contract runs until 2021 but the Catalan giants do not intend to discuss a new deal, according to Spanish publication Sport.
Chelsea and Manchester United have ‘asked about Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic’
Premier League sides Chelsea and United as well as Serie A outfits Juventus and Inter Milan and Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich have reportedly shown an interest in Rakitic.
The Croatia international has made 34 appearances for Ernesto Valverde’s side this campaign, scoring four goals and providing six assists.
Rakitic’s future in Spain was thrown into doubt following the arrival of 21-year-old midfielder Frenkie de Jong for £65million from Ajax.
The Croatia international has made 34 appearances for Ernesto Valverde’s side this campaign
But Rakitic said in January: ‘Since I’ve been here I do not know how many times I’ve left and I’m back.
‘I’m more than happy here and my intention is to be here longer. The other day I gave the president a little nudge to see if he would start my renewal.’
Rakitic’s contract runs until 2021 but Barcelona reportedly do not intend to discuss a new deal