Ivan Rakitić’s minutes at Barcelona were restricted in the first three months of this campaign.
In the final days of October, Marca reported Manchester United have been ‘stalking’ the midfielder for months and he is ready to listen to proposals after not being keen earlier.
According to Friday’s Marca, the Red Devils, Juventus and Inter Milan have ‘showed interest’ in the former Sevilla star for the winter market.
However, the Croatia international has ruled out a move away from the Camp Nou in January as he wants to continue with the La Liga winners, at least until the end of the season.
He seriously considered the possibility to leave next month and also valued some of the options presented to him. The decision was in his hands as the Blaugrana didn’t want to put player on the market without his approval.
Ernesto Valverde started the Croatia international in his side’s 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on November 27th. Since then, he has started in three more matches, including in his side’s wins over Atlético Madrid and Inter.
Marca states Rakitić performed at an excellent level and with that, he has regained his place in Barca’s starting XI. Therefore, he has discarded the offers he received for January.
Rakitić will turn 32 next March and it looks like United are dragged into the mix by Marca for drama, as he doesn’t fit (because of his age) the type of players being looked at by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.