Confirmed: Ivan Rakitic Not Leaving Barcelona
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Barcelona Have No Intention Of Using This Midfielder As A Part Of The Deal To Land This PSG Star

Barcelona had a couple of excellent seasons under Luis Enrique, the previous manager of the club, but in the previous season, they failed to lift either the league title or the Champions League title, leaving them red faced come the end of the season.

They have already replaced Enrique with former Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde, who has some serious plans for the club this summer.

The Catalan giants have a few frailties in their squad that need to be addressed this summer and Valverde is trying hard to add some quality to his first team before the start of the next season.

A number of star players have been linked with a  move to the Camp Nou recently but Barca are yet to announce their first signing of the summer.

However, one name constantly linked with a move to the club is Italian midfielder Marco Verratti.

Verratti top transfer target

The PSG star is easily one of the best midfielders on show in Europe and has been in impeccable form in League 1 for more than a year now.

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However, he is linked with an exit, with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona all linked with a move for him in the summer.

PSG are adamant that he runs down his contract with the club and are not ready to let him leave unless any club meets his release clause and that has been a problem for even the biggest clubs in Europe.

It is understood that Verratti also has his heart set on a move to Barcelona but reports suggest that he will not offer a transfer request, out of respect to the French club.

This means that Barcelona will have to break the bank and meet his valuation if they want him in their squad this summer.

However, they may also be looking to offer one of their players to persuade PSG to sell. One such player who Barca were reportedly ready to off load was Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

Barca not selling Rakitic

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However, technical secretary Robert Fernandez spoke on Monday about a possible swap deal for Rakitic and Verratti and revealed that Barcelona are not going to let the Croatian leave anytime soon.

“We do not plan to lose good players in order to bring in other good players,” he explained.

It will not be interesting to see if the Catalan giants are ready to meet his release clause before the start of the next season.

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