Barcelona are prepared to sanction the sale of midfielder Ivan Rakitic should they complete a deal for Marco Verratti, say reports in Spain.
According to El Mundo Deportivo, the Croatian – who moved to the Camp Nou from Sevilla in 2014 for €18m – would be surplus to requirements should Verratti join the Blaugrana.
29-year-old Rakitic has made 100 La Liga appearances for the Catalans in his three seasons at the club, helping Luis Enrique’s side to two league titles, three Copa del Rey crowns and a Champions League triumph.
The former Basel and Schalke midfielder, who captained Sevilla to the 2014 Europa League title, is reported to be a target of Italian champions Juventus, who have also been linked to Barca’s Rafinha Alcantara.
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