According to a fresh report from ESPN, Manchester United have enquired about Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add another midfielder into his squad.
Deadline day is edging ever closer and Solskjaer still needs more bodies in the middle of the park with injuries to both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay depleting his options.
And ESPN note that the Red Devils have turned to Barcelona’s ace, who’s rated at around €20m (£16.9m) and is reportedly available for sale in the ongoing January transfer window.
But the transfer is still far from being completed and Rakitic’s desire to keep his family in Spain could be another potential stumbling block in the deal.
Even though United remain focused on the summer for big additions, the midfield situation could demand a signing now.
This is not really the first time Rakitic’s fate at Barcelona has been discussed and not the first time he has been linked with a move to Old Trafford either.
The veteran midfielder is slowly but surely falling out favour in the Catalan capital, only registering 682 minutes across 15 La Liga games in the ongoing campaign, and could very well go out the exit door in the not so distant future.
With the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Arthur Melo in the squad, the Croatian international might become surplus to requirements but the recent arrival of a new coach has added an extra layer of complexity to the situation.
Ernesto Valverde was a big fan of Rakitic in the years gone by as the midfielder was among his most-used players in 2018/19 with 4237 minutes played, but a change in management might also disrupt that flow.
And considering Setien also used Riqui Puig in his first two games in charge – first against Granada and then against Ibiza – the younger players might slowly be pushing him out of the squad.