MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Ivan Rakitic, with the Barcelona misfit preferring a move to either AC Milan or Paris Saint-Germain.
Sport claims the midfielder, 31, is set to leave the Nou Camp in January after making just six appearances this season.
Rakitic recently admitted he was searching for a way out of the Catalan capital.
And it was believed that Man Utd were in talks with Barcelona over a £35m switch.
However, Rakitic’s family are putting him off a move to the Premier League.
And it’s now emerged that AC Milan have joined the race for his signature.
That’s fortunate for Rakitic, who would apparently jump at the chance to move to Italy.
There is also said to be an opportunity for Rakitic to join French giants PSG.
Thomas Tuchel has been tracking the Croatia international for some time now.
But Inter Milan have also been linked, with Antonio Conte said to be search of reinforcements in the centre of the park.
The revelation is sure to come as a major blow to Man Utd.
And they may move for Leicester ace James Maddison instead.