Josep Bartomeu, Barcelona president, has virtually removed Ivan Rakitic from the market, three months before the opening of 2019 summer transfer window. The Croatian, reportedly, is a target of Inter alongside Ilkay Gundogan but it seems that the Catalan club has no intention of letting go the midfielder.
“He has a contract and we are very happy with him,” Barca boss said to TVE. “I had a conversation with him in the summer and I told him that we could soon talk about his contract. We have not discussed the matter in these months because it is not easy to balance the wages of this club but we will soon be in touch again. He is an irreplaceable player and improves every year.”