A couple of hours after our own Jordan Beck wrote a spectacular article discussing some potential midfield targets for next season, it appears that Barça's front office read his piece and decided to take action.
Whether or not that's true, there's a solid feeling amongst the Blaugrana that one of those potential targets is closer than ever to a deal that would bring him to the Camp Nou.
That would be Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic, according to a report from Diario Sport. It's said that the negotiations between the two clubs and the Croatian have advanced a lot over the last few days, and both teams seem to be accelerating the process so they can have a done deal before the World Cup, which starts next week.
The rumors also suggest that the early Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid talks were not serious, and only Barcelona is going after Rakitic from the start. New Barça manager Luís Enrique likes Ivan a lot, and could use him as a long-term replacement for Xavi.
Now comes the fun part: the price. The Sport report says that Sevilla is willing to accept the £20 million plus a Barça player offer, which would be a lot good for Barcelona, actually. Since the Lord Song Project failed horribly and he seems to be saying goodbye, plus the Cesc Fiasco, getting Rakitic for not a lot of a money sounds like a damn good thing to me.
Don't know about you guys, though. Let's talk! Is Rakitic more reliable than Song and Cesc? Can we trust him for the Xavi Job going forward? Do you think 20 million is too much?
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