Transfer rater: Rakitic to Chelsea is a mere possibility
- The Croatian doesn't have an improved Blaugrana contract at the table, the club's president has confirmed
- Several clubs, including Chelsea and PSG, are interested in the midfielder
- However, this transfer is still unlikely to happen
ESPN FC and Football Whispers experts don't believe that Ivan Rakitic will end up at Chelsea any time soon even though his contract extension with Barcelona isn't at the club's agenda, as the Blaugrana president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has recently announced.
That's what Football Whispers writer Adam Newson has to say on this matter:
'Barcelona's decision to deny Croatia midfielder Rakitic a new contract has given Chelsea and Manchester United extra impetus they could sign the 30-year-old. Rakitic wanted to open talks with Barca over the summer following his impressive World Cup but given he's under contract at the Camp Nou until 2021, president Josep Maria Bartomeu told him to wait. Talksport believe Chelsea and United plus French champions PSG will now consider approaches for Rakitic in January.'
According to TalkSport, Man United, Man City and Chelsea are all now "on alert" as their chances of signing Rakitic have improved. Yesterday Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu gave an extensive interview to the local radio station Onda Cero in which he denied claims there is an improved offer for the midfielder on the table. He is quoted by Diario Sport as saying: 'This season we will not be able to make the gesture that Rakitic is asking of us. Next season we can look at it in relation to new revenue.'
Rakitic was linked heavily with a Paris Saint-Germain move in the final days of this summer's transfer window. The Parisians were ready to offer him a mammoth contract which would see his wages double up in comparison to his current salary at the Camp Nou. However, the Croatian eventually decided to stay as he was reportedly promised an improved deal with Barcelona.
Rakitic's current deal expires in 2021, so Barcelona are still confident of keeping hold of the midfielder. However, City, United and Chelsea all boast the finances to offer Rakitic an attractive deal, insist talkSport.