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Manchester United opinion: Solskjaer should sign Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic

According to Spanish Publication Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United are ready to battle it out with Serie A giants Inter Milan for the signature of Ivan Rakitic. The Barcelona midfielder is available in the summer for £42million and the Red Devils are keen on the Croatian.

Rakitic, despite being a mainstay in the Catalans’ midfield since his move from Sevilla, has his position under serious threat. The emergence of summer signing Arthur and the imminent arrival of Frenkie de Jong in the summer looks to have sealed the 31-year-old’s fate at the club.

Manchester United have their own issues in central midfield with Ander Herrera out of contract in the summer.

Paul Pogba has also been heavily linked with a move away from the club with Real Madrid being touted as his next destination.

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If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loses his two stars in the midfield, United will be in deep trouble and would need top quality replacements in the summer. Ivan Rakitic would be a dream signing at Old Trafford.

Manchester United need someone with a ton of experience in the middle of the park; a player who is capable of handling the pressure and dominating games like we’ve seen over the years in the Theatre of Dreams.

Rakitic ticks all the boxes and will help ease the transition at least for a couple of years until United find and develop a young player worthy of that number 8 position.

Rakitic’s style of play suits Solskjaer’s philosophy and his presence in central midfield next to Nemanja Matic would combine both quality and experience of the highest order.

Rakitic would also bring in a winning mentality to this United side, having won almost everything over the years, especially at Barcelona.

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The Croatian, despite his age, is still a classy midfielder capable of playing the game in his own speed. His technical ability on the ball is phenomenal and his vision can change the game in a blink of an eye.

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Conclusion

Manchester United can take their midfield to another level with the signing of Ivan Rakitic in the summer.

The Croatian, with his experience, will help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bring back the glory days to Old Trafford and he is a signing that they shouldn’t think twice about making in the summer transfer window.

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Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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