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20 February 2019, 16:29 IST
What is the voice?
Barcelona superstar Ivan Rakitic, who has been linked to Manchester United and Chelsea, will leave Camp Nou at the end of the season. The former star of Sevilla is close to joining Inter, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
In case you did not know
Inter was linked with a move for Croatia captain Luka Modric in the summer, but failed to sign it due to the position of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. As a result, they turned their attention to the compatriot of Modric and it seems that after all they could get a Croatian midfielder.
The heart of the matter
According to the report, Inter has already made an offer of 35 million euros for the former Schalke star. Barcelona, however, wants 45 million euros for Rakitic and the general consensus is that an agreement can be reached around 40 million euros.
The Rakitic contract with Barcelona is up to 2021 and currently earns 5.5 million euros a year with the Catalans. Inter, meanwhile, is ready to offer him a three-year contract to Giuseppe Meazza.
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GDS they are quite reliable when it comes to Serie A news. This agreement also meets all the needs in terms of benefits for everyone. Barcelona has Frenkie De Jong and, perhaps, Adrien Rabiot arrives in the summer and selling Rakitic would not only generate a bit of money, but also free part of the salary account.
Regardless of whether Rakitic goes in the summer, its importance for the team can not be overestimated at the moment. The Catalans hoped that these talks would not negatively affect the Croatian as the part of the crisis season is ahead of them.
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