Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Man Utd are boosted in their pursuit of Ivan Rakitic…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be extremely busy in the transfer market over the coming weeks as he looks to build a squad capable of competing for top honours again after finishing sixth in the league last season.
The United boss has already snapped-up young winger Daniel James from Swansea City but a new central midfielder is on the agenda as Ander Herrera has left the club on a free transfer while Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away.
Rakitic has been touted as a potential target with the Mirror carrying a report earlier this week suggesting Man Utd have made contact with Barcelona to express their interest in signing the Croatian international this summer.
It seems United have now been given the green light to push ahead with a potential deal for Rakitic as The Sun are carrying a report that originates from SER Catalunya that claims Ernesto Valverde has agreed to sell.
The Catalan-based radio station says the Barca boss expressed his willingness to cash-in on the 31-year-old midfielder during meetings with club chiefs this week and The Sun suggests the Spaniard’s will do business at around £40m.
Barcelona have signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax so it appears they are ready to sacrifice Rakitic in order to make room for the highly-rated Dutchman and Man Utd could be the ones to benefit.
Rakitic has been one of the best central midfielders in Europe since joining Barcelona from Sevilla five years ago and he’s made over 250 appearances to help the club win a whole host of honours including four La Liga titles and the Champions League.