Manchester City could well be crowned Premier League champions by the time this article goes live, with Pep Guardiola’s men just a win away from winning the title again.
The Cityzens have gone on a quite superb winning run at the business end of the season to put themselves in pole position ahead of rivals Liverpool.
But while things are looking rosy for City and they look like once again adding a trophy to the cabinet, manager Guardiola will have one eye on the summer transfer window, safe in the knowledge that he could wel do with bringing in a few new players this time round.
One man who could well prove a shrewd short-term addition for the club is Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who could be on his way out of the club following rumours that the Catalan club are set for a mass clearout over the summer.
However, despite being 31, Rakitic could prove an ideal signing for City ahead of next season, with the Croatian having all the ability and experience in the world to bring to the Etihad.
Phil Foden will of course be looking for more minutes next season, but with Kevin De Bruyne struggling with injuries and Ikay Gundogan looking like he might be on his way out of the club, the signing of someone in the mould of Rakitic could prove ideal.
Rakitic is and always has been a classy operator, and he would no doubt be suited to the English game and flowing football that Guardiola demands of his players.
While his time with Barcelona has been successful, you can’t but think he is one of a few being singled out for Champions League failure this season. However, Barca’s loss might well be City’s gain on this one, with Rakitic potentially being the perfect signing for the Manchester club.