Atletico identify Man Utd-linked midfield maestro as number one target


Atletico Madrid have earmarked the perennially Man Utd-linked Barcelona superstar Ivan Rakitic as a top priority in the coming windows, according to reports in the Spanish media.

The Croatian international has long been linked with a switch to Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with his wealth of experienced predicted to be vital in helping to lay the platform for the Red Devils’ core of young talent to flourish.

A recent report suggested that Barcelona will be sellers in the upcoming winter window, and unless they can shift Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich on a permanent deal, Rakitic may be one player culled as the Catalan club look to balance the books.

The 31-year-old’s quality at the elite level is undoubted, but that has not stopped the midfield schemer falling down the pecking order at the Camp Nou this season with just 233 minutes of game-time accrued across all competitions.

Now, a report from Spanish outlet Marca (via has revealed that Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid ‘have made Ivan Rakitic one of their top transfer priorities.’

The article continues: ‘The Croatia international midfielder is unhappy with his lack of game time at Camp Nou and could listen to offers in January.’



The experienced ace’s contract is set to expire at the conclusion of next season, increasing the likelihood that Barcelona will want to cash in soon before his market value collapses as his contract winds down.

Meanwhile, Man Utd took one step closer to securing the signature of a veteran centre-forward, while the selling club have paved the way for a potential Pogba bid.