The Sevilla playmaker has been linked with all three of the Premier League giants, but which club should he choose if given the chance?
Sevilla recouped almost €100 million in the summer through the sale of the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Gary Medel and Geoffrey Kondogbia, but are still excelling in La Liga.
The Andalusia-based outfit are in sixth in the Spanish top flight, and have been freescoring this term; only the top three teams in La Liga have scored more.
One of the key reasons that Unai Emery’s charges are excelling is the individual form of key playmaker Ivan Rakitic.
The Croatia international has been putting in sparkling performances from his attacking midfield berth in Sevilla’s side, and has scored seven goals this season, creating six more with assists.
As such, talk of a move away from the Spanish side to a new club has been speculated both in Europe and in the British media, with Manchester United and Liverpool thought to be keeping close tabs on the eastern European schemer.
The latest reports in England suggest that Chelsea have entered the race for Rakitic’s signing, but which of his three suitors would he fit in best at?
United are in the market for a new central midfield playmaker, and Rakitic could well fit the bill. Although he generally plays in a role behind a sole striker, the Croatian has the ability to play in central midfield alongside a more-defensive minded team-mate.
Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 formation has the likes of Oscar and Juan Mata contesting for the number ten role. As Rakitic would not be suited as playing in a wide role, and the Blues need box-to-box players in the centre of the park, the likelihood of the Croatia international getting regular game time at Stamford Bridge is unlikely.
Depending on the formation that Liverpool play, Rakitic could be a canny addition to their ever-improving attacking options. Although Philippe Coutinho and Victor Moses are already contesting a position behind the deadly duo of Suarez and Sturridge, Rakitic’s range of passing from deeper could be an interesting new facet to the Merseyside team’s play.
Sevilla have proven themselves as a selling club over the years and as such there is no doubt that if one of the Premier League suitors put in a considerable offer in January, the Croatian could be heading to England.
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