Despite Luiz Enriquez’s denial, Ivan Rakitic is said to be leaving Camp Nou as Pep Guardiola lures him for a £42M move to Etihad.
According to reports, the City boss is allegedly looking for “reinforcements” to bolster their title chances in the Premier League. The club is currently ranked 4th in the table and trails Chelsea by seven points.
Guardiola is also said to be looking for a back-up to the ex-Borussia Dortmund man, Ilkay Gundogan. The latter is yet to make an impact in the squad due to his injury issues.
Yaya Toure’s failure to convince him in being included in the starting XI is also one of the reasons behind this transfer.
Rakitic’s impending transfer still requires confirmation. However, the Croatian newspaper, Jutarnji List asserts that his move is already on the way.
The media outfit cited the midfielder’s omission in Barcelona’s match against Villarreal as proof that he will be leaving Camp Nou soon. But this incident is not the first. Many have already observed that he has not be included in Barca’s recent matches.
As a result, many clubs, not only City, has expressed their interest to sign him.
Manchester United is also said to be joining the bandwagon in securing his signature.
Meanwhile, Enrique blasted the media upon hearing the news of Rakitic’s transfer. He described reports as something that should not be trusted.
“Information which comes out in the media is not even 25 percent reliable,” he said.
Rakitic joined Barcelona in a five-year deal after featuring as Sevilla’s trusted captain last 2014.
This season, he has made 12 appearances for the team and delivered three crucial goals.
Should his transfer to Manchester City pushes through, reports have it that Guardiola plans to have him play alongside with David Silva and maybe, just maybe, Yaya Toure.