PSG are hoping Barcelona permit them to talk to Ivan Rakitic before making a massive €90 million bid for the 30-year-old Croatian midfielder.
There could be late drama in the transfer window as Sport now report of an impending €90 million bid from PSG for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. The French champions are first seeking Barcelona’s permission to speak to the player before making their offer for the Croatian, and are seemingly positive the player wants to switch.
If the deal is to happen, and from many angles, it looks like it would, it wouldn’t be a simple one. Considering the stature of the two clubs as well as that of the player and the reported fees involved, this one will take some time to get over the line, although the Parisians are much hopeful about the move.
PSG have been in the market looking to sign a player of some significance. Despite huffing and puffing all summer, especially in search of a midfielder, the French champions spent much of their time in the fruitless pursuit of £100 million-rated Chelsea star N’Golo Kante, and now what looks like a late move, are targetting Ivan Rakitic.
In the last two weeks, especially, PSG have been keeping a close eye on the Barcelona midfield pair of Rakitic and Sergio Busquets. One thing for sure is that the Parisians know is the chance of bringing Busquets would be next to impossible, hence it looks like they have settled for the Croatian. They want to speak to the player first to have an agreement with all parties.
It has long been thought by PSG that Barcelona would be somewhat willing to sell the 30-year-old Rakitic and were on the verge of preparing a €80 million offer. But Barca are reportedly asking Rakitic’s release clause of €120 million, but PSG feel they can have an agreement with the Catalans for a lower figure, as they consider paying up to €90 million for him.
On a positive note for PSG, there is also the chance Rakitic would want to move for many reasons. His contract situation is a tricky one, considering he only signed a year ago. On the other hand, he knows Barcelona are not going to offer him a new one, even in the future, and PSG would be a lucrative option for a big payday.
On the other hand, at PSG he would be considered an automatic starter. Not that he is any less at Barcelona, but the arrival of Arturo Vidal and Arthur Melo, will undoubtedly increase competition, while Sergio Busquets is considered untouchable at the club.
As for Barcelona, it would be a win-win situation, but they would want to find a similar quality replacement if the Croatian is to leave. From a PSG perspective, this deal would make complete sense, as their search for a high profile midfielder would end, and they would have added the quality signing to the squad they were looking for.