Manchester United ‘Makes Contact’ With Barcelona Over Ivan Rakitic Transfer

Manchester United have made a second enquiry to Barcelona about the transfer of Ivan Rakitic, Spanish reports claim.

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Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his midfield after Ander Herrera joined PSG on a free transfer while Paul Pogba’s future remains uncertain. Media reports indicates that Spanish champions Barca were contacted about Rakitic three-weeks ago, and United have now made a second approach.

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It is understood Nou Camp chiefs are willing to sell the Croatian star, but will demand £45million. United were said to have opened their interest in with an offer of £31.5m – but were rebuffed with their approach.

Rakitic has been a huge hit at the Nou Camp since he joined in 2014 – winning four La Liga titles and the Champions League. The 104-cap Croatia international is under contract until 2021, but saw his place in the Barca squad under threat after Dutchman Frenkie de Jong joined the side from Ajax this summer.

Manchester United 'Makes Contact' With Barcelona Over Ivan Rakitic Transfer 3However, the La Liga champions are interested in re-signing Neymar, having sold the Brazilian to PSG in 2017 in for a record breaking £198m fee. To raise funds, Rakitic, as well as Philippe Coutinho, face uncertain futures at the Nou Camp.

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes is said to be open to a switch to Old Trafford, ahead of a move to Tottenham. United have secured their second signing of the summer, as right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined winger Daniel James.

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