According to Mundo Deportivo, Rakitic wants to finish his career at his former club, while Barca feel he deserves to choose his next destination because he’s been a loyal servant.
The 32-year-old is out of contract next summer, meaning he can leave for free, and Barca would be happy with a fee of €10m.
Rakitic has said on several occasions before he’d love to play for Sevilla again and has a good relationship with sporting director Monchi.
The Croatian has also said previously he wants to stay at Barcelona, but MD reckon he realises he may struggle for game time next season.
Competition for places could be fierce with Miralem Pjanic arriving from Juventus, Riqui Puig set for a bigger role, Arturo Vidal potentially staying and Pedri also coming in.