DBasia.news – Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is rumored to be one of a number of senior Barcelona players, who are not included in the game scheme that will be carried out by Ronald Koeman next season. The 32-year-old midfielder is reported to have joined his old club Sevilla soon.
Rakitic was recorded to have played for Sevilla for four seasons, in 2010 to 2014 to be precise. Appearing in 149 matches and scoring 34 goals, Rakitic successfully presented the Europa League title in the 2013/2014 season for the team from Andalusia.
Rakitic's impressive performance was what led Barcelona to sign him in 2014 for a fee of 18 million euros. However, Rakitic's work in Barcelona is likely to end soon after the club management plans to make a major overhaul in the body of the first team.
Actually, it's not just this time that Rakitic is reportedly going to be released by Barcelona. Previously, Rakitic was mentioned as one of the players involved in the effort to bring back Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Even so, Rakitic remained and chose to finish his contract with La Blaugrana, which only had one year left. Now, the former Schalke 04 midfielder is back on Barcelona's selling list. Rakitic finally intends to leave the Camp Nou Stadium.
Sevilla is one of the clubs that are reportedly interested in signing Rakitic. In fact, last season's Europa League champion reportedly had contact with Barcelona regarding the possibility of bringing Rakitic back to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
'Currently, the negotiation process between the two clubs has entered an advanced stage. “Rakitic is expected to rejoin Sevilla for a transfer fee of between five million and 10 million euros,” the report saidSports, Friday (28/8).
For Rakitic, the opportunity to return to strengthen Sevilla will not be missed. In fact, in order to smooth the move to Sevilla, the player who presented four La Liga titles and one Champions League title for Barcelona was willing to accept a salary cut of up to approximately 50 percent. Rakitic is known to earn a salary of eight million euros per year.
“He never intended to leave Spain. He still loves and respects Sevilla. The 32-year-old player is even ready to accept salary cuts and will receive a salary of approximately 3.7 million euros per season. “Rakitic is expected to sign a three to four year contract with Sevilla,” the report wrote Sports.
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