Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has highlighted the importance of Ivan Rakitic in the club’s setup amid speculation linking him with a Camp Nou exit. The Croatia international has been one of the Blaugrana’s most consistent performers over the past four years but his future has recently been called into question amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
Under ex-boss Luis Enrique, there was a period where Rakitic had considered his Camp Nou future but the uncertainty lasted for only a couple of months before he was handed a new long-term contract. Since then, he has been racking up the appearances for club and country and it will be interesting to see whether the Croatian pushes for a fresh challenge before the transfer deadline.
According to reports, Paris Saint-Germain are planning an offer worth £81m to test Blaugrana’s resolve and they could also be prepared to discuss a part-exchange deal. Adrien Rabiot has been linked with the La Liga holders since the start of the summer and Les Parisiens could offer the Frenchman as a makeweight to enhance their prospects of landing Rakitic.