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Man United slapped £17.6m price tag by La Liga giants for 32-year-old star



Ivan RAkitic has been one of the top stars at Barcelona

Man United target Ivan Rakitic could be on his way out of Nou Camp

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is on the chopping block at the La Liga club Barcelona, according to Marca (h/t Metro).

The 32-year-old has been one of the best midfielders in La Liga since his move to Sevilla. Barcelona bought the playmaker from their La Liga rivals and Rakitic has won several titles with them.

However, he has just more than a year left on his current contract and Barca want to cash in on him (h/t Metro).

Ivan Rakitic joined Barcelona from Sevilla
Ivan Rakitic has struggled to cement his place in the first-team this season

Manchester United have been linked with the star in the past and several clubs are expected to be interested in his services, according to the report. The Croatian would be sold for £17.6m as his contract expires in 2021 (h/t Metro).

Several clubs are also keen on the 32-year-old, with Sevilla, Inter Milan and Juventus keeping tabs on him. However, the Croatian would have to take a hefty pay-cut to rejoin his former employers in La Liga, according to the report.

A good shout for United?

Rakitic might be 32, but he still is an incredibly versatile player to have in the team. The Croatian can play in a deep play-making role and can take up a more advanced position too.

His stats this season in front of goal aren’t great, though. Rakitic only has three assists to his name and hasn’t registered a goal at all.

Ivan RAkitic has been one of the top stars at Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic could be on his way out of the Nou Camp

However, he hasn’t been able to cement a place in the starting XI either, and has come off the bench 11 times in La Liga. We could do with some creativity in the midfield and Rakitic’s experience would be a boost to a somewhat young United side.

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The only problem with the Croatian would be his legs. Rakitic at 32 doesn’t have too many years left at the top level, and could be a risky move for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.