Manchester United have contacted Barcelona over a move for Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Spanish publication Sport via Sport Witness.
According to Sport via Sport Witness, manager Ernesto Valverde doesn’t see Rakitic as part of his future plans at the club and the club are looking to sell him.
The Red Devils are competing with Italian side Internazionale for the signature of the midfielder with the Catalan side looking for €40m (roughly £35.1m).
It is also thought that Barcelona are looking for a January transfer for the 31-year-old, who has played just six of their 10 games in all competitions this campaign (via Transfermarkt).
A move for the midfielder would make no sense for Manchester United, given their current transfer policy and the current make up of their squad.
Over the summer it became very apparent what sort of players manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was targeting to rebuild his United squad. Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all joined the club, showing there was a keenness on signing British talent, who were preferably young.
While he may not British, 16-year-old Hannibal Mejbri also joined the club, further strengthening the argument the club are looking to the future rather than the past (via Sky Sports)
They were also linked with the likes of Sean Longstaff from Newcastle United, though a move never materialised.
With Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic already in midfield, there is already a lack of pace in the middle of the park for the club. Signing Rakitic would only increase the likelihood that the north-west side get overrun during key matches.
The Red Devils have identified the sort of players they’re targeting in their rebuild of the squad, and to sign someone like Rakitic would only be a backward step.
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