Ivan Rakitic is considering his Barcelona future
According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Rakitic has held talks with Jose Mourinho about a potential move to Manchester United.
It is claimed Barcelona’s failure to compete for European honours under head coach Ernesto Valverde could also spark Andres Iniesta’s departure to China and destroy a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League last night after suffering a 3-0 defeat in the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Roma.
The Catalans held a 4-1 lead from the first leg at the Nou Camp but began to crack after Edin Dzeko struck in the sixth minute at the Stadio Olimpico.
Daniele De Rossi’s second-half penalty raised Roma’s hopes before Kostas Manolas sparked wild scenes with a late header.
Rakitic has been a mainstay in Barcelona’s midfield since joining from La Liga rivals Sevilla in 2014 but is not considered one of the club’s leading lights.
The 30-year-old has chipped in with four goals and four assists this term and looks set to win his third La Liga title.
Barcelona were in contention to land the treble but their Champions League disaster in Rome has put paid to those hopes.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has held talks with Ivan Rakitic, it is claimed
Rakitic is under contract at the Nou Camp until the summer of 2021.
Before putting pen to paper on a new contract last year, he said: “My future is still only related to, and exclusively, Barcelona.
“I want to keep playing here, winning trophies, this is my club.
“It’s been a while that the club have been preparing a new contract for me, my future at Barcelona is very secure.”