Erensto Valverde gives green light for Ivan Rakitic’s sale
Man Utd News: Manchester United were handed a major boost in the pursuit of Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic as Ernesto Valverde gives the green light for the midfielder’s sale. (h/t Mirror)
The Croatian was pursued by the Red Devils for a long time despite his willingness to stay at Camp Nou.
Now, the former Atheltic club manager tends to have second thoughts about Rakitic’s future and has no concerns to sell him should a reasonable offer arrives.
Rakitic has been a cog in Barcelona’s midfield over the course as he continues to give his best every season.
The former Sevilla man has made 268 appearances in the Blaugrana shirt and has a contract until 2021. Despite switching to much deeper roles than his early years, the 31-year-old didn’t fail to impress both his club and country.
Now, with the arrival of Frenkie De Jong and the expected promotion of academy talents like Carles Alena, it still remains to be seen whether the former Schalke man could sustain his place.
United need to reinforce midfield strength
Elsewhere, the Red Devils are in the market for some quality midfielders, given that Paul Pogba is linked with a move to Real Madrid and Ander Herrera parted ways with the club.
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While some young talents like Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira are available, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have an experienced player in the middle of the park and Rakitic would be a perfect fit.