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Ligue 1 giants considering a move for Barcelona superstar

The Barcelona star has been in fine form since his arrival at the Camp Nou, but it seems that he has now attracted interest from the biggest Ligue 1 clubs.

Using the World Cup as a marketing tool is a brilliant move for any footballer as the eyes of the world is staring down at you. However, for anyone a part of Croatia’s historic final, it was so much more than a marketing ploy. The likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic and many more won hearts as they lost out to eventual champions France, but made history for their small nation.

However, that kind of performance only attracts the best in the world towards you, and for Ivan Rakitic that’s exactly what has happened. The Barcelona superstar has been a key part of the La Liga giant’s squad since his arrival from Sevilla, becoming a crucial cog in the machine. But as Ernesto Valverde and co, look to improve on his debut season success with Barcelona, the club will want to keep their stars going into the La Liga season.

But that could be easier said than done, and while the club has added the likes of Arthur Melo, Arturo Vidal and even Philippe Coutinho, Rakitic still remains a key part of the squad. However, according to reports from Mundo Deportivo, both Monaco and PSG are very interested in activating the 30-year-old’s€125 million release clause before the August 31 deadline.

The Croatian’s elegant mix of defence and creativity make a key target for the Ligue 1 sides, and his relatively paltry release clause makes him a prime target. Especially with Barcelona chasing after the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti, which means for PSG, this is another potential revenge buy or a chance for a deal. With Rabiot’s contract winding down, the Frenchman has less than a year left which means that a potential deal could be struck between the La Liga and the Ligue 1 giants.

However, with Monaco in the race, things could get a little complicated. The 2016/17 Ligue 1 Champions certainly have the means and the money to pay the release clause, especially after spending wisely and letting their stars go for exorbitant funds. The transfer fees for Kylian Mbappe alone could pay off Rakitic’s transfer fee and still have around €25 odd million left to use elsewhere.

Author’s take

Ivan Rakitic is a class act and a brilliant central midfielder, easily one of the best in the world at the moment. However, his ability is one of a kind which makes the 30-year old a very valuable commodity for Barcelona. And while the Catalan giants certainly want Adrien Rabiot, there is a minute chance that they’ll let go of a key star like Rakitic for him.

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