Perennial Serie A champions Juventus have emerged as Ivan Rakitic’s preferred option if he is forced out of Barcelona this summer, according to reports.
Rakitic, 31, has been a mainstay of the Catalans’ midfield since a June 2014 move from Sevilla. This standing, however, has been threatened by the imminent arrival of Netherlands and Ajax prospect Frenkie de Jong.
Gazzetta dello Sport have stated that the Croatia international reacted positively when sounded out by the Bianconeri about a transfer. He has previously been linked to fellow Serie A-outfit Inter Milan, plus Champions League quarter-final opponents Manchester United.
In February, Rakitic stated an intent to remain at the La Liga holders.
“I have three more years on my contract, I want to stay here,” he said, according to Marca.
“I’m full of pride that big clubs ask for me, if they do.
“I only see myself at Barcelona, it makes me laugh a little when I have my morning coffee.”
Rakitic has netted 35 times in 259 run-outs for Barca and lifted 12 trophies.
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