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Sevilla not in talks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakitic, says Monchi

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The club are aware of his affection for his former side

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Sevilla sporting director Monchi says he’s aware that Ivan Rakitic fancies returning to the club from Barcelona but revealed he has not been in talks with the Spanish champions over a move.

Rakitic is expected to be sold this summer as he will be out of contract in 2021, and Barca reportedly have no plans to offer the 32-year-old a new deal.

The Croatia international has spoken again recently of his fondness for former club Sevilla, but Monchi says it’s not a good time to talk about the summer transfer window.

“It is not known what will happen to soccer, therefore we are not going to spend money when we do not know what income we will have. We will not do it yet, neither in purchases nor in renewals.

“There is no negotiation with Barcelona for Rakitic. I have read Ivan’s wish to return to Sevilla one day. And I thank him for his words and his interest in returning, but right now talking about the market is risky. You can’t say we’re interested in anyone because it’s unrealistic.

“Sevilla is not making movements for anyone. We have not made movements because we do not know how the pandemic will end. Talking about paying a transfer fee today does not go with the path we are on. I would gain adulation [from the fans] if I say that we are working on bringing in players, but it is not the case.”

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Rakitic is expected to attract interest when the transfer window reopens. Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Napoli have all been linked with the midfielder.