Barcelona have reportedly received offers for Ivan Rakitic from French clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, both teams are interested in signing the Croatian midfielder, who was Ernesto Valverde’s most used player last season.
The report is quick to point out that Rakitic isn’t interested in leaving and Barcelona aren’t willing to sell, but also noted that his release clause is an affordable-sounding €125 million.
PSG apparently wanted to sign N’Golo Kante this summer but could not land the Chelsea midfielder and could turn their attention to the Croatian star after his impressive World Cup.
Rakitic’s name has also been mentioned as being part of a deal to bring Paul Pogba to the Camp Nou from Manchester United.
The Croatian is a player who has divided opinion among supporters during his four years at the club, but a move away seems highly unlikely at the moment.
As their world-record swoop for Neymar made patently clear, PSG have no qualms about raiding the Camp Nou for their top talent, while Monaco have something in the region of £160million to spend this summer following the recent sales of Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar and Fabinho.
Monaco have already brought in Aleksandr Golovin, another star who showed promise during the World Cup in Russia, but their 3-0 defeat to their Parisian rivals in the Trophee des Champions – the French equivalent of the English Community Shield – was a wake-up call as to the growing gap between the two main competitors of the Ligue 1 title.
Rakitic played more games for Barcelona than anyone else last season under Ernesto Valverde and alongside Sergio Busquets he has become a key member of the illustrious midfield line-up.
The Croatian, who has a contract keeping him in Catalonia until 2021, apparently has little interest in leaving Barcelona while Barcelona, for their part, currently have no intention of selling him.