Man United and Liverpool were never close to signing Barcelona star

first_imgManchester United and Liverpool were never close to signing Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic during the summer, according to Sport.The Croatia international, who helped guide his country to the World Cup final in Russia, was linked with a move away from the Nou Camp during the off season, with Paris Saint-Germain also rumoured to be interested. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED silverware And, despite suggestions Barca could be willing to cash in on the midfielder, the Spanish giants have since rubbished those claims and insist they were never looking to sell the 30-year-old.“We did not contemplate his exit,” sporting director Pep Segura told Sport. “We knew that he had an option from a foreign club, but we had no interest in him going.“In Spanish football, there’s a complex weapon with the release clauses. We’re the only league with [mandatory] release clauses and the danger [that the clauses are triggered] is there, but neither the club nor player wanted him to leave.”Rakitic remains a fundamental part of Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI and he has featured in all eight of Barca’s LaLiga matches so far this term.The Croatian has also made a strong start to Barca’s Champions League campaign, netting a superb goal against Tottenham at Wembley earlier this month. MONEY Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scored a wondergoal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY REVEALED Latest Football News BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’last_img

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