Man Utd receive Ivan Rakitic transfer boost as Croatian issues Barcelona quit threat

Mirror Online Sports 1 month ago

Manchester United may renew their interest in Ivan Rakitic after the midfielder admitted he may have to quit Barcelona in search of regular first-team football.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen on signing the Croatian playmaker in the summer but was ultimately unable to bolster his midfield ranks.

It meant Rakitic remained at Barca but he has gone from being an integral member of the first-team to playing just 187 minutes of football under manager Ernesto Valverde this season.

The arrival of Frenkie de Jong has limited his first-team opportunities this campaign and the Croatia international has suggested that he may have to seek pastures new - if the current situation doesn't change.

Ivan Rakitic faces an uncertain future at Barcelona

He said: "I don't know what will come now. It's tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team. I will do everything possible to change my situation.

"I have two years left on my deal and there's no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.

"I spoke with people at the club everyone knew I had other options.

"I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch.

Rakitic with Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

"I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changed, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again."

Whether Rakitic will want to make the move to Old Trafford remains to be seen, though, with the Red Devils enduring a miserable start to the campaign.

United, once the dominant force in English football, have made their worst start to a Premier League campaign in 30 years and dropped to 12th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, after last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle .

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