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The one that got away: Ivan Rakitic and Sunderland

The one that got away: Ivan Rakitic and Sunderland

The disappointment of failing to win promotion back to the Championship will surely still be felt at Sunderland.

The Black Cats will have to spend another year in England’s third tier as they look to get back to where they belong after a disastrous few years in football.

However, it appears that may not have been the only thing that was a disaster for the club in recent memory as decisions made by certain individuals can always come back to haunt a side in more ways than one.

Especially within the transfer market as sometimes a player can turn out to be a worldie after deciding against a move for him and then fit into the category of being ‘one that got away’.

One That Got Away – Ivan Rakitic and Sunderland

And, Ivan Rakitic is one such player that Sunderland decided against bringing to the Stadium of Light in the past.

According to a report by the Chronicle Live, the Black Cats decided to turn down the opportunity to bring the Croatian star in 2010 as Schalke 04 were prepared to let him go as the then-22-year-old only had a couple of months left on his contract.

It would have meant the Wearsiders would have paid less than £400,000 in compensation to the German Bundesliga club.

Chronicle Live also suggested that there was a feeling that he was very keen on a Premier League move at the time.

Ian Atkins, who was the former chief European scout, confirmed that Steve Bruce’s side decided against the move and he would ultimately join Sevilla before heading to Barcelona and becoming a star.


Obviously, it is difficult to predict how well a player’s future will turn out, however, it seems Rakitic made the most of his and has earned a number of honours throughout his playing career.

To highlight just how good he has become, Transfermarkt have valued the 31-year-old at a cool £45million after helping Barcelona to a number of La Liga trophies and a Champions League title, whilst he also played a significant role for Croatia last summer in Russia as they reached the World Cup final.

Sunderland have made some shocking decisions in terms of recruitment for a number of years and there a number of players that have arrived at the Stadium of Light that have further highlighted that point – Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong are just a couple of examples.

Hopefully, Jack Ross will have been able to sort out those problems and not make any of the same mistakes his predecessors have made in the current transfer window.

Hindsight can be a wonderful thing at times, however, it will surely have left Sunderland regretting the decision not to sign Rakitic when they had the chance.

Sunderland fans, how gutted are you to have missed out on seeing Rakitic play at the Stadium of Light? Let us know below!

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