Arsenal made a move for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic in the January transfer window, according to Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo.
The midfielder signed for the Spanish giants in the summer from Sevilla to replace the outgoing Cesc Fabregas after having an impressive season in La Liga.
It was thought that his play suited the club more than the former Arsenal captain due to his ability to control the pace of the game and become Xavi’s heir apparent.
However, despite not being a complete disaster, the Croatian hasn’t lived up to his expectations and judging how they were hasty in their patience with Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona is a very demanding club.
The story doesn’t seem that far-fetched when you analyse Arsene Wenger’s comments at the start of the window when he alluded to central midfield being his priority in the window.
“If you look at the number of games some players played and the injuries we have with [Jack] Wilshere, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Mikel] Arteta, we’re a bit short at the moment in midfield,” Wenger told reporters at the start of the last window (via the Telegraph).
According to the reports in Spain, Rakitic was flattered by the interest but decided that he’d rather try prove himself before taking the easy way out.