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29 January 2019, 13:40 IST
What is the story?
According to the Spaniard, Sport, Maurizio Sarri has his sights on the director of Barcelona, Ivan Rakitic, for a potential summer move.
After the departure from Cesc Fabregas for AS Monaco, the Blues were recently connected to Leandro Paredes and Nicolò Barella, although none of them should make a change in January, with the transfer window closing on Thursday.
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The Croatian has been a key part of the FC Barcelona team since arriving from Seville in 2014, with a commission of around 16 million euros, just peanuts compared to its current market value and the qualities it possesses.
The thirty-year-old, alongside Luka Modric (his club-level rival), inspired Croatia in its first World Cup final, managing the midfield and creating Croatia's attacks through their unparalleled ability.
The veteran of the midfield scored 3 goals and created 6 more in the 30 appearances he has done so far for the Catalans this season. Known for his exceptional passage and ability to create space for his teammates, the Croatian would be a resource for the midfield of Maurizio Sarri.
The heart of the matter
The former man from Seville has a contract with La Blaugrana until the summer of 2021. However, with the arrival of the Ajax prodigy, Frankie de Jong, the Croatian could lose the hierarchical order.
On the other hand, Sarri is known to be a great admirer of the Barcelona star, and is willing to lure him to Stamford Bridge in the summer, further strengthening his team.
After the departure of Cesc Fabregas, the Blues are looking for a first-order playmaker. With the possibility of sharing Rakitic with the Barca, Sarri must do everything necessary to attract the Croatian.
Frenkie de Jong will officially join the Catalans next summer. It is certain that Rakitic will have to fight for his place in the formation of Valverde when the Dutch arrives.
With Maurizio Sarri in charge of the Stamford Bridge, a transfer to the Camp Nou would be beneficial for all the parties involved. It remains to be seen if the Blues will get their hands on the Croatian this summer.
The men of Ernesto Valverde are fighting for the title of LaLiga, with 5 points ahead in the lead. With the final stages and crucial games of the season approaching, a player of Rakitic's stature would be important for the Barcelona midfield.
On the other hand, the Blues are fighting for the first position in the Premier League. With the departure of Fabregas in Monaco, there is no one to cover for Jorginho, which could be a problem for the Italian tactician.
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