Cape Town - Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic could be
making a move to Manchester United in January as the Red Devils aim to bolster
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen
all areas of his squad and a new central midfielder is high on his wanted list.
Young starlets such as Leicester City's James Maddison and
West Ham's Declan Rice have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford,
but there is zero chance of either deal happening in January as both clubs
refuse to sell midway through a season.
With that in mind, reports claim that Solskjaer will turn
his focus to Rakitic, who has bags of quality and experience, and at the age of
31 still has some of his best years ahead of him.
He could be the answer to some of United's issues and there
is a good chance of getting him on board as Barca are willing to sell at the
right price, as he struggles for game time at the Nou Camp.
That figure is set to stand at £35 million and United would
have no problems matching it when the window opens.
Talks are said to have started with the Catalan giants over
a potential deal, but United are not the only interested party and they will
face competition from elsewhere.
AC Milan are also said to be in the hunt as they look to
build a side capable of getting back into the top four of Serie A, and see
Rakitic as such the kind of player they need.
The Croatian international is desperate to play first-team
football and will be keen to join a club that can offer that on a regular
That could put Milan in the box seat to do a deal because as
things stand, he would be one of the first names on the team sheet if they
could do a deal.
- TeamTalk Media