Ivan Rakitic is reportedly on the verge of a transfer back to Sevilla. It’s a deal that could potentially jumpstart transfer business at Liverpool.
ESPN, among others, claim that Rakitic is set to leave Barcelona on a free and join Sevilla. The Croatian originally joined Barca from Sevilla back in 2014 before going to play over 200 games for the Catalonians.
But Rakitic doesn’t form part of the plans under new boss Ronald Koeman. Thus Barcelona are happy to let the player go back to Seville without a transfer fee.
And that could be good news for Liverpool.
Liverpool allegedly want Thiago for their midfield. The Spaniard looks likely to leave Bayern Munich and the Reds would like to have him, as per ESPN.
There’s a problem, however. Liverpool feel they have plenty of midfielders and that Thiago would be one too many. So they can’t justify his fee – unless someone leaves, of course.
Gini Wijnaldum is the most likely to leave, given his contract expires in under a year. And crucially, Barcelona reportedly want him, as per the ESPN report above.
The important thing there is whether they can justify any fee. The players is available for nothing at the end of the season, after all. Barcelona can get Wijnaldum for free if they’re patient.
And that’s why the Rakitic transfer is so important. Suddenly, Barcelona are down an experienced midfielder, a player who started 20 games over the Champions League and La Liga last season.
That may well prompt them to move for Wijnaldum early and secure him for their squad next season. Liverpool would then have the space to move for Thiago, completing the merry-go-round.
A few things still need to happen – can Barcelona match Liverpool’s asking price? – but the Rakitic transfer appears to move this story along.