Barca want Rakitic extension

Barcelona are prioritising the future of Ivan Rakitic and wish to tie him to a long-term deal as interest mounts from others, say reports.

The Croatian midfielder signed a 5-year deal with Barca in 2014 after joining from Sevilla but according to Mundo Deportivo, both Manchester United and Juventus are interested in making an offer for him.

The paper suggests that Jose Mourinho wants him in Manchester and is willing to offer up to €10m a year, but the Italian champions are also in the market after selling Paul Pogba last summer, and have the money available too.

However, the report also says that the 28-year-old's priority is to extend his deal at Camp Nou.

“Bit by bit we are negotiating a new deal and soon there will be news," Rakitic had said back in January, although no new deal has been reached since.

Since joining the Blaugrana, Rakitic has won La Liga and the Copa del Rey twice and the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup once.

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