Tottenham are the closest to bring in Ivan Rakitic, 32, and the London club are ready to pay the £ 20m compensation Barcelona is seeking, Spanish media reported.
Rakitic’s contract with Barcelona expires on June 30, 2021. The Spanish media has been writing a lot about his possible departure at the end of the season in recent weeks as the club reportedly wants to sell him.
Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho needs a midfielder of Rakitic’s qualities and the media says the Spurs’ offer is the best.
In addition to Tottenham, Sevilla, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are also interested in Rakitic. According to Spanish media, Sevilla are unable to pay € 20 million in damages, Atletico Madrid offer only a one-year contract, while in Juventus they consider it too much money for a player who is 32 years old.
Rakitic himself has repeatedly emphasized that he wants to stay in Barca. He is in his best years and claims that he can still play at the highest level.