Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic in the current transfer window.
That is according to the print edition of Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo [via Sport Witness], which claimed that Spurs have had a long-standing interest in the 32-year-old. However, the Croatia international is not believed to be keen on leaving Barcelona and, should that change, his former club Sevilla have apparently been cited as his preferred destination.
Rakitic, who has 106 caps for Croatia and won the Champions League with Barcelona five years ago, clocked up 42 appearances for the Catalan club last season. However, many of those were as a substitute, while he sat out the humiliating 8-2 defeat to newly-crowned European champions Bayern Munich.
The 32-year-old is not a particularly robust midfielder, with match averages of 0.9 successful tackles and 0.5 interceptions last term, although he is excellent with the ball at his feet, averaging 46.8 passes per game and finding a team-mate with 90% of those. [via WhoScored]
Amid reports of Tottenham’s reported interest in the Barcelona veteran, current Spurs midfielder Harry Winks has been linked with a potential move to Manchester City, with the 24-year-old potentially facing an uncertain future under Jose Mourinho following the recent acquisition of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
In addition to both playing in the same position, Winks and Rakitic aren’t wholly dissimilar as players, judging by their performance metrics. The Spurs midfielder averages more tackles and interceptions per game (1.3 and 1.2 respectively) than the Croatian, while also having a slightly better passing success rate of 90.3%, as per WhoScored.
Rakitic is a vastly experienced midfielder with almost 650 senior club appearances and a glittering CV which includes four La Liga titles, so even on a short-term basis he could be a more than useful addition to Tottenham’s midfield.
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However, given his age profile and the arrival of Hojbjerg, the Croatian may be little more than a backup option for a couple of years to take the place that Winks could vacate – and that is if Spurs can entice him to leave Barcelona.
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