ARSENAL and Manchester United have been dealt an enormous switch blow as Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has rejected a transfer to England in favour of a swap to Inter Milan.
The Croatia worldwide is sweating over his future on the Nou Camp forward of Frenkie De Jong’s £65m arrival from Ajax in the summertime.
In accordance with stories in Italy, Inter are set to beat the Premier League giants to the midfielder’s signature on the finish of the season.
The Serie A giants have reportedly had a £30million bid for Rakitic rejected however they’re set to return with a proposal nearer to Barcelona’s asking worth of round £35million.
It’s understood that Luciano Spalletti’s aspect need to provide Rakitic a four-year deal, price £5.5million a season, and that has persuaded the star to pursue a transfer to Italy.
The midfielder is beneath contract on the Nou Camp till 2021, however Barcelona are reportedly not concerned with renewing his deal.
Rakitic has been linked with a transfer away from the Catalan membership since they agreed a deal for rising Dutch star De Jong.
And with PSG ace Adrien Rabiot additionally mentioned to be means on his approach to the Nou Camp, Rakitic might discover himself pushed down the pecking order.
However there was no scarcity of curiosity within the Croatian, who joined the La Liga giants from rivals Sevilla in 2014.
Chelsea reportedly made an enquiry for him final month after Cesc Fabregas accomplished his transfer to Monaco.
Manchester United have additionally been linked, together with Paris Saint-Germain and Italian giants Juventus.
Rakitic has insisted he’s comfortable enjoying for Ernesto Valverde’s aspect, however the World Cup finalist might be tempted to maneuver on if his deal is just not improved.
Inter Milan have additionally been long-term admirers of Rakitic’s worldwide team-mate Luka Modric.
Spalletti’s aspect have been unsuccessful of their pursuit of him final summer season and are anticipated to reignite their curiosity on the finish of the season.