Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic is not a priority signing for Barcelona according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
The Catalan based publication has reported that while Rakitic is a target for the Spanish giants, he’s simply on a list of alternatives to some higher profile targets the club will reportedly go after this summer.
“There are first, second and third choices, hence different names appear - The Croatian will be targeted if needed, as a reinforcement,” reports MD.
The suggestion that Rakitic may not be one of the club’s priority transfer targets this summer plays right into the hands of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.
Rodgers is facing a summer where he needs to make several key changes to his squad to help the side develop and prepare for next season, where they’ll face more matches due to the Champions League.
Rakitic is around the ideal age at 26-years-old to come into the Liverpool midfield, potentially allowing Lucas and Steven Gerrard to consolidate in deeper positions.
The fee talked about in Mundo’s report is around the €20-25 million region, which Liverpool can afford based on his current contract which expires next year.
Should Sevilla get him to extend that contract this summer, which reports have suggested they are trying to, then that fee will get substantially more expensive considering his current importance to Sevilla.
He scored 12 goals and produced 12 assists in La Liga last season, making him one of the best performing midfielders not playing for the high profile trio of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Liverpool are going to be challenged in a variety of different ways both domestically and on the European scene next season, so anything the club can use to its advantage to sign good, key players Rodgers needs to make the most of.
If Barcelona want to show Rakitic a lack of respect by suggesting he’s not one of their main targets, that’s Luis Enrique’s problem, but if Rodgers goes after him, Liverpool fans can be certain he’ll try and make the midfielder feel like the most desired player on the planet.