This comes off the back of Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong to bolster and strengthen their midfield core. The rumors were that because Barcelona signed De Jong, who’s arriving this summer, that they would need to offload a couple of their core midfielders.
Rakitic, given his strange contract situation, is a likely candidate to exit this summer. He was almost out the door last summer, but Barcelona decided to hold onto the Croatian. There are now a few Premier League clubs circling Rakitic.
Chelsea are one of the most prominent to make it known they want to build around Rakitic as a leader, it just remains to be seen if they’re willing to invest the funds to make it happen.