Barca Unlikely To Part With Rakitic
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is being linked with a Manchester United transfer bid in January. However, the Catalan side’s forthcoming transfer embargo is likely to rule out any move for the Croatia international.
Rakitic has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp despite only having been signed from Sevilla during the summer. Spanish website Fichajes.net and the Daily Express newspaper in Britain both claim that Rakitic could either be a £20million target for Manchester City – as a replacement for Frank Lampard – or that he could be signed by Manchester United.
The reason given for the possibility of a departure for Rakitic is that he doesn’t meet the standards imposed by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.
However, Barcelona face a two-window transfer embargo from 1 January that would prohibit them from signing any replacement for Rakitic. As long as the embargo is in place there is no chance of the 26-year-old leaving Barcelona.
Reports from Spain claim Rakitic is unhappy at being behind Xavi in the Barcelona pecking order. He had assumed the veteran would have been on his way out of the Nou Camp this summer. Instead he stayed to fight for his place.
Rakitic was linked with United prior to Louis van Gaal’s appointment as manager. At that time he was with Sevilla but made a £14million move to the Nou Camp during the summer.
Real In De Gea Link
The Daily Express also claims that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could be the subject of a world-record bid from Real Madrid.
The paper claims that Real coach Carlo Ancelotti is unconvinced with his goalkeeping options and is looking to add de Gea as a replacement for Iker Casillas. That’s despite the £8million signing this summer of Costa Rican World Cup hero Keylor Navas.
United are looking to nail down de Gea with a huge new contract following a string of impressive performances this season.
The paper claims Casillas is under contract at the Bernabeu until 2016 and that Real will make a move for de Gea that will eclipse the £33million paid by Juventus for Gigi Buffon in 2001. However, Casillas’s contract expires a year later – in 2017.
Even so, any move for De Gea is likely to be rebuffed by United.