According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are one of four clubs interested in signing out-of-favour World Cup finalist Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona, with chairman Daniel Levy potentially eyeing a passing midfielder who could fill the void left by Christian Eriksen.
The Croatian’s contract, which looked set to expire next season, hasn’t been extended and won’t be renewed, as per Daily Mail, with the La Liga giants now looking for potential buyers who can take him off their hands.
Out of the Premier League, bitter rivals Spurs and Arsenal could go head-to-head for the player as well as Manchester United, with Sevilla also lurking in the background from outside England.
The £230,000-a-week star has enjoyed an illustrious career over the past few seasons, winning trophies galore and partnering ex-Tottenham hero Luka Modric in midfield during Croatia’s run to the World Cup final in 2018.
However, having been fluctuating in and out of the team under Quique Setien last year (WhoScored), Rakitic could be looking for pastures new and the Premier League seems like a viable destination.
Lilywhites manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret that he is a fan of Rakitic, waxing lyrical over the 32-year-old and labelling him the most ‘undervalued player in the world’ and a ‘fantastic’ asset (Sport).
Whether or not this lands Spurs in good stead to make an offer remains to be seen, but his credentials support the theory that he could provide a wealth of quality and experience.
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