Man Utd ponder £30m bid for ‘one of world’s most underrated’

Barcelona ‘are open to selling’ reported Manchester United target Ivan Rakitic this summer.

Rakitic’s future at the Nou Camp is uncertain as, though he has two years remaining on his contract, he is eager to begin talks over an extension.

Barca are reluctant to do so however, with the Spaniards more interested in using their budget to improve their squad.

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United have been linked with Rakitic previously, with reports linking the two as recently as this February.

Duncan Castles of the Daily Record says they are now ‘working on a deal’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘requires experienced reinforcement in midfield’.

World Cup finalist Rakitic would also provide ‘experience and leadership’ to an ‘imbalanced and malcontent squad,’ with his ‘impressive physical condition’ belying his age of 31.

United ‘are prepared to pay over £30m’ for the midfielder, but Barca want closer to £48.4m for a player Jose Mourinho recently described as “one of the most underrated players in the world”.


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