Manchester United Opinion – Why Manchester United should sign Ivan Rakitic
According to a report in Daily Mail, Premier League giants Manchester United are one of the clubs who are closely monitoring Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
The 30-year-old playmaker is happy at Camp Nou but the Catalans may sell him to balance the books, especially after signing Frenkie de Jong from Ajax. (Daily Mail)
Rakitic’s current contract runs until 2021 but the La Liga champions do not intend to discuss a contract extension with him. (Daily Mail)
As per the Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are interested in the player and have already started negotiations with the Catalans. They are laying the foundations for a deal worth £34million.
However, Barcelona will hold out for a £39m price tag if they are to sell Rakitic. Here’s why Manchester United should meet that valuation and sign the Croatian star:
Rakitic would enhance the quality of United’s midfield
Manchester United are playing a better brand of football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and are on course to make a fantastic finish to this season. Whether that guarantees them a place in the Champions League next season remains to be seen.
Irrespective of the outcome, their target should be to close the gap up the table and challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
For that to happen, enhancement of quality in the midfield should be a primary concern.
As of now, the Red Devils have Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba as options in central midfield, while the likes of Fred, Andreas Pereira haven’t done enough to warrant a regular place in the team.
Hence, signing Ivan Rakitic could help that cause two-fold. The Barcelona man can even replace Herrera and form a partnership with Pogba and Matic in the midfield.
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If United manage to get that combination on the field from the start of next season, they will be serious contenders to march up the table in the league.