Ivan Rakitic and Umtiti are no longer untouchables, and the club is ready to sell them if a suitable offer arrives. Rakitic’s preferred destination is a return to Sevilla, but it won’t be easy.
Ivan Rakitic has been playing for the club since 2014, but his future is now in the air. Barcelona is looking to sell players this summer for financial purposes due to the impact of the pandemic. Other than Lionel Messi, Frenkie De Jong, Ter Stegen & Ansu Fati, they will consider offers. Rakitic is not an untouchable like last summer.
Even though he’s on the transfer list, it will still be difficult to sell him this summer. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that no club has shown a genuine desire to buy him, other than Sevilla. They cannot afford to pay 15M for Rakitic because of their poor financial condition. They are ready to buy Rakitic, provided he is open towards reducing his salary & this transfer is free.
Another reason why it would be difficult to sell him is that, as of now, he is only open towards returning to Sevilla if he was to move from Barcelona. He has always been grateful to his former club and has appreciated everything they have done for him. He will stay at Barcelona if a return to Sevilla isn’t possible.
Samuel Umtiti, a complicated operation
Samuel Umtiti is another player Barcelona want to sell this summer. He was signed in 2016, and he hasn’t been able to meet the fans and the management’s expectations. He has gone through a lot of injuries and is now an injury-prone player. Clement Lenglet has gained the trust of the management, and it’s clear that even if Umtiti is fit, the coaches would prefer to use Lenglet rather than Umtiti.
Selling Umtiti will be an even more difficult task than Rakitic. Not even a single club has shown interest in buying the player since he is injury-prone. Other than this, Umtiti refuses to go into the operation theatre, which makes things even worse. If he were to undergo an operation, then his injury issues would also decrease. The player, however, prefers to perform conservative treatment whenever injured.
But there’s still a long summer ahead of us, and there is time for Barcelona to sell these players despite knowing how difficult it can be. The Transfer Window is always full of surprises, and ruling out a departure for Rakitic and Umtiti already would be too soon. Both of the players are also open towards staying if no club makes a bid for them.