Mikel Arteta Makes move for Ivan Rakitic
Mikel Arteta has spoken with Croatia and Barcelona star midfielder Ivan Rakitic about a potential transfer to Arsenal this summer. Rakitic is on his way out of the Nou Camp with his contract already expired with the Spanish side and the club is not making any effort to have him sign a contract extension. The 32-year-old joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2014 and has been a key figure in the team ever since. But his time spent in the first XI diminished this season and Barcelona are ready to let him go.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta have indicated interest in the player and he is planning on bringing the player to the North London side. Arsenal is looking at bargaining with Ivan Rakitic and land the player if possible. Mikel Arteta is interested in bringing the 2018 World Cup finalist to north London from Spain.
And according to French outlet Le10 Sport , the two have spoken on the phone concerning the move. Ivan Rakitic was told by Arteta about his desire to make him the focal point of Arsenal’s midfield going forward. Arsenal secured themselves Europa League football next term on Saturday by winning the FA Cup as they beat Chelsea 2-1. Arsenal believes that the player can help their Europa campaign with Ozil nursing injury however Rakitic has been a Champions League regular throughout his career.
The chance to showcase his talent in the Premier League, however, may lure him to England’s capital. Rakitic has informed Arteta, though, that playing in England is not his priority, with clubs in Spain and Italy circling. A switch to a La Liga rival or move to Serie A is more appealing to the Barcelona ace. He could even make an emotional return to former club Sevilla ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.