The uncertainty over Ivan Rakitic’s Barcelona future has piqued the interest of some major powerhouses across Europe among which English club Manchester United has emerged as one of the favourites to seal the Croatian’s services for next season.
The club have let Rakitic know he won't be getting a new contract. [sport] pic.twitter.com/BOO8j2VzwY
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Manchester United have spent its years after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in pursuit of its old glory days. However, the current squad has failed to reach the same heights that the previous generations did.
The appointment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a man who very well knows and understands United’s DNA, as the permanent manager has given a glimmer of hope to the fans.
The Norwegian, however, has a tough task ahead of him. Already facing the threat of losing players like Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, Solskjaer must focus on making new signings during the summer transfer window.
Not only must he make signings to replace Herrera and Mata, should they leave, but also bring in other players to strengthen the depth of the squad.
According to mundodeportivo.com, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Ivan Rakitic s situation at Barcelona and would swoop in to bring the ex-Sevilla player to Old Trafford shall the opportunity to do so present itself.
Barcelona’s recent signing of Ajax starlet Frankie de Jong and the form that Arthur has been in has cast a shadow of doubt in what the future holds for Rakitic.
United will face competition from PSG, Bayern Munich, and Inter Milan, all whom are interested in the services of the Croatian midfielder and will certainly offer him Champions League football next season, something that the Red Devils might fail to do.
The Reds of Manchester must tread very carefully with this particular move, though. Rakitic, already on the wrong side of 30, will cost United around £42 million. The price tag may seem like a bargain for his qualities, but his age may prove to be an obstacle in his way to Premier League glory.
Rakitic will not only have to adjust to the style of a new team, but also adapt himself to Premier League football, something that has proved to be a difficult task for top quality players in the past.
Manchester United’s experience with Bastian Schweinsteiger is something that the club must learn from.
Louis van Gaal brought in the German international for his technical ability and experience. However, the World Cup winner, in his thirties at the time, failed to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League.
It is true that Rakitic will bring with him loads of experience and a winning mentality, but signing him will also run the risk of getting a player who may be past his prime in terms of physical capabilities.
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What Solskjaer does with his United squad is something that has to wait until the transfer window opens. With several transfer rumours doing the rounds, the fans, players, and management must find a way to focus on the job at hand, that is to finish as high up in the Premier League as they possibly can whilst attempting for a successful European Campaign.