Manchester United midfield target Ivan Rakitic has reportedly set his sights on a move to Juventus and not to the Premier League.
With the January transfer window fast approaching, United are expected to bring in several new signings to boost their hopes of finishing in the top four.
A centre-back, central midfielder and a new striker are said to be high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of priorities for the New Year and Rakitic has very much been on United’s radar over the past 18 months.
The Croatian is not the guaranteed starter he was once was at the Nou Camp under Ernesto Valverde and has been considering moving on from the Catalan giants for some time.
United had hoped to convince the 31-year-old to move to Old Trafford, with Solskjaer a big fan, but it would appear that the player only has his heart set on one location and that’s Turin.
A report on Calciomercato claims that Juve want Rakitic to replace the outgoing Emre Can, a player who has also been mentioned as a possible Red Devils target.
The report adds that Rakitic has met with Barca’s hierarchy in recent days to inform them of his intention to leave and that he wants a switch to the reigning Serie A champions.
That news will come as a potential blow to Solskjaer, who has been urged to try and lure Chelsea into a swap deal involving Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.
One player who does, however, is Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, although the Spain international could cost as much as £128m.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke in glowing terms about a forward who enjoyed a breakthrough night, while Juan Mata described the star as a ‘killer in the box’.
Man Utd came into the night already secure in the knowledge that qualification to the round-of-32 was already achieved, but with top spot still to play for, there was no room for complacency.
After a fairly benign first half, Mason Greenwood sparked Utd into life with two goals and the winning of a penalty that was the catalyst behind a remarkable 11 minutes of attacking play from the hosts.
Speaking to BT Sport immediately following the 4-0 victory, manager Solskjaer said of his blossoming young forward: “Yeah, different class as a finisher. When he is in and around the box we expect him to get a shot off and on target because he is so precise in his finishing.” Read more…