There has been intense speculation surrounding the future of Ivan Rakitic in the last period.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Lazio have entered talks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakitic.
The 32-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Croatia international was signed by Barcelona in July 2014 from Sevilla for a fee of 18 million euros. The 32-year-old has a contract until 2021 with the club.
The 32-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Croatia.
His record for Croatia is impressive. Rakitic has scored 15 goals in 106 matches for Croatia at senior level.
Ivan Rakitic is one of the more likely players to be offloaded by Barcelona this summer and the list of suitors in the Croatia international continues to grow.
Adding a midfielder remains Lazio’s top priority this summer and Simone Inzaghi will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
Inzaghi is a long term admirer of Rakitic and believes he can get the most out of the Croatia international.
There is no doubt that Ivan Rakitic will take Lazio’s midfield to a different level.
According to the report, “Lazio have made a move for Barcelona veteran Ivan Rakitic. The Croatia international has been encouraged to move on this summer by Barca management, though he is reluctant to be forced into any move. Il Tempo says Lazio are in contact and have tabled Rakitic a bumper three-year contract. Barca want €20m to sell, though are willing to compromise to clear the midfielder off their books. For his part, Rakitic would prefer to remain in Spain and favours a return to former club Sevilla as a preference.”
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Good signing for Lazio?
Lazio will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Ivan Rakitic to join the club.
Signing the midfielder could be a good decision as he could improve Simone Inzaghi’s midfield options.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Lazio.
Lazio fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see where the player ends up this summer.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.