Man Utd dealt blow as long-term target laughs off transfer rumours

Date published: Thursday 7th May 2020 6:30 - Samuel Bannister

Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal

Manchester United midfield target Ivan Rakitic has expressed his desire to fulfill his contract at Barcelona.

The Croatian star’s contract at Camp Nou is up in 2021, meaning he could be sold this summer to avoid the La Liga giants losing him on a free transfer.

Rakitic has been on Man Utd’s radar for a long time, and could provide a wealth of experience in the middle of the park if he was to move to Old Trafford.

However, Rakitic’s former club Sevilla are ready to pose a serious threat to any attempt from United to get their hands on Rakitic – who reached the World Cup Final with his country two years ago.

And the chances of a move to Old Trafford appear even slimmer, after Rakitic hinted that he could stay at Barcelona into next season.

“I’ve got used to it [the transfer speculation] a bit. I’ve been here six years now – so I’ve had six years of this sort of thing,” he has told Sky Germany (as translated by ESPN).

“I have to try to understand it, to remember that football is not just a sport. There is a bit more to it. We know that, we have to try to understand it – you have a laugh about it sometimes.

“The main thing is that I feel good and I am getting good feedback from the manager and the club. I’ve still got a contract, when I sign a contract I always intend to fulfill it, and if that cannot happen for any reason, then we’ll sit down together and talk about it, but for the moment, I am very happy here and I am thinking about other stuff.”

 

One deal United are set to complete with Barcelona, however, is the signing of teenage prospect Marc Jurado – a move which could go through once the transfer window re-opens and has left the Blaugrana stunned.

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