Man Utd target reveals Barcelona discontent and hints at summer transfer

Date published: Tuesday 19th May 2020 9:55 - Matthew Briggs

Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has hinted that he could leave the club this summer by stating he has “never closed the doors to making a big change”.

The Croatia midfielder will enter the final 12 months of his current contract this summer and he has been heavily linked with a move away fro the Camp Nou.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 31-year-old with ESPN claiming the experienced midfielder was on their radar in January, but earlier this month the player laughed off talk of a move away.

Rakitic has revealed his plan is to run to Seville to live and last month  the front page of Seville-based Estadio Deportivo claimed it was ‘Sevilla or nothing’ for the central midfielder.

Rakitic captained Sevilla to the Europa League title in 2014 and his wife is a native of Seville – the two met when he joined the club from Schalke.

“When parties sign a contract it is with the idea of ​​fulfilling it,” Rakitic told Spanish radio stations on Monday night, as cited by Marca. “Also with the idea that I want to play, but I am calm about it.

“I would have liked that at some point someone from the club had come out to say that Rakitic was staying to end the rumours. Bartomeu has not told me anything. Perhaps today he is listening to us and tomorrow he is going to call me.

“Summers transfers? If (Inter striker) Lautaro Martinez arrives, I would be delighted but that is not to do with me.

“I have never closed the doors to making a big change (in my career).

“My family’s future? We will go to live in Seville sooner or later, almost certainly.”

“Dortmund are in decent form,” who said this, forgetting that the German side haven’t played in two months?

Meanwhile, Villarreal president Fernando Roig has opened the door for Rakitic and told Cadena Cope’s El Partidazo programme, as cited by Diario Sport: “I like him a lot as a footballer, if he wants to come to Villarreal, we are here.”

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