Yesterday, rumors from Spain suggested that Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde still considers Ivan Rakitic to be an important part of what he wants to achieve this season and also going forward, to the point that he would be ready to veto any sort of agreement to keep the Croatian in Spain.
But today, the Gazzetta dello Sport fully confirms the news of the last few days: an agreement between Inter and Barca is one step away and the Croatian will become an Inter player.
“It is understandable that the coach tries to hold on to one of his starters, but it is equally clear that Barcelona have massive financial expenditures that are weighing down their budget. So, Rakitic is a sacrifice that makes sense, especially after the signing of De Jong and Rabiot. Therefore, Inter and Rakitic do not appear to have any trouble and next week will be important to advance talks even further, to solve issues regarding payment methods and bonuses. Also, brother and agent of Rakitic (Dejan) is ready to sit down to discuss contract, knowing full well that Zhang’s club can offer him €6.5M annually until 2022. In short, there are no substantial obstacles and work will continue to be carried forward in the name of discretion.”