CHELSEA have suffered a blow of their pursuit of Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic as Bayern Munich have joined within the race for his signature, in response to experiences.
The Catalans reportedly need a hefty £44million for the 30-year-old midfielder, who is anxious about his Nou Camp future amid Frenkie De Jong’s arrival.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde holds the Croat in excessive regard and desires him to increase his contract, which expires in 2021.
However Rakitic is contemplating his choices because the La Liga champs are going through a squad revamp round youthful gamers, together with Arthur and De Jong – who will be a part of from Ajax in the summertime.
And Paris Saint-Germain’s wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot can also be stated to be on his option to Barcelona, solely fuelling speculations over Rakitic’s future.
Chelsea are reportedly amongst sides considering providing the midfielder an escape route, however Fifa have thrown a spanner within the works by imposing a switch ban on the Blues.
And Sport report that the Londoners have been dealt an extra blow as Bayern have joined within the race for Rakitic’s signature.
The midfielder was regarded as favouring a swap to Inter Milan, however attributable to their money struggles the Serie A giants are unlikely to satisfy Barcelona’s monetary calls for.
The Catalans have reportedly slapped a £44m price ticket on Rakitic, an quantity which Bayern might fork out for a participant of his traits and Bundesliga expertise.
In the meantime, Manchester United are one other facet understood to be protecting tabs on the skilled midfielder.
However the Croat can have a closing say on his future as he has already rejected French giants PSG, who supplied round £78m for the World Cup runner-up final summer season.
Rakitic has performed in 36 video games for Barcelona this season, lacking just one match in both La Liga or the Champions League – in opposition to Atletico Madrid – attributable to suspension.