Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has suggested that Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic wants to go to Sevilla this summer despite links to Tottenham Hotspur.

Balague claims that Rakitic wants to return to his former club, but Sevilla want to wait until the very last minute because they don’t know how they’ll afford him as things stand.

Barca would seemingly want a considerable fee or a swap deal, whilst Rakitic’s wages would also be a concern for Sevilla as they attempt to bring back their former midfielder.

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“Rakitic is another one that has been suggested, that he may leave,” said Balague. “He wants to go to Sevilla, but Sevilla are going to leave it until the last second, because right now they don’t know where they’re going to get the money to pay his wages or for the transfer fee that Barcelona may require – perhaps a swap with a player,” he added.

The 32-year-old has made 31 appearances this season but may be sacrificed by Barca this summer, given that they need to offload players in order to bring them in.

Rakitic joined Barca from Sevilla in 2014, and has now racked up almost 300 appearances for the club, having previously notched almost 150 games for Sevilla.

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A return may be appealing to Rakitic as he seeks an important role, but the news may be a blow for Tottenham given that Mundo Deportivo claim that they’re a real option for Rakitic this summer.

Jose Mourinho wants a new midfielder this summer, and Rakitic would make sense given his experience, his winning mentality over the years and his experience.

Rakitic wanting to sign for Sevilla is a blow to those plans, but with the La Liga club being forced to wait, there may still be time for Tottenham to make an appealing offer.

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