Despite all the talk surrounding Ivan Rakitic’s future and possible transfers to either Atletico Madrid or Sevilla, the Croatian midfielder wants to fulfil his Barcelona contract, which is set to run until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The club is desperate to sell him to bring in a significant financial return, but he hasn’t been keen on leaving the Camp Nou to this point.
Rakitic wants to be the master of his own destiny, and decide his own fate as a free agent.
Barcelona will only deal with clubs who offer a significant financial package for the former Schalke midfielder, yet he wants to be able to choose to sign for whomever he wishes in the summer of 2021.
A potential swap with Juventus involving the Croatian and Federico Bernardeschi had been discussed, but Rakitic isn’t especially enthused about joining the Bianconeri.
PSG were linked in the summer of 2019 as part of the Blaugrana’s attempts to re-sign Neymar, although that was a fruitless endeavour.
In recent days, Barcelona have reinitiated contact with both Juventus and Inter in the hope of finding a destination for Rakitic, with the club hoping his inclusion in a deal could significantly lower the price they would need to pay in order to sign Lautaro Martinez.
Rakitic is most attracted to Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, he is very comfortable in Spain, but neither club would be able to pay the high transfer fee that Los Cules would demand.
As such, the Croatian international is willing to play the waiting game in order to remain in LaLiga Santander.
Furthermore, the changing fiscal landscape of football as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even less likely that the two aforementioned Spanish clubs will have the funds to purchase him in 2020, and he is acutely aware of this.
For Barcelona, the task now is to try and force the midfielder out of the club by making clear he will have very little chance of playing next season, they know that selling Rakitic will take a high earner off the wage bill and also bring in money that go directly into the club’s budget for reinforcements.