We have been linked with Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic in the past (via the Express), and although he has so far rejected our advances, this latest snap of him suggests we still have a good chance of signing him.
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The Croatian midfielder moved to Barcelona last summer, but initially struggled at the Nou Camp. This led to talks of a January exit, but as the Express reports, he rejected the chance to join us this past winter.
Despite his rejection however, he looks to be keen on Arsenal, and is even pictured below in what appears to be an Arsenal shirt.
He isn’t exactly the type of midfielder we need at the moment, but he is unquestionably talented. He scored eight goals and grabbed 10 assists in his debut season following his move from Sevilla, including a hugely important opening goal in Barcelona’s recent Champions League final victory over Juventus.
There are certainly other areas of the team that need strengthening, and Rakitic should under no circumstances be a priority. It might be hard to turn down the chance to sign him if he becomes available however, so we should keep our eyes open.