Report: Rakitic snubbed United and Chelsea to stay at Barca

Date published: Thursday 1st September 2016 1:43

Ivan Rakitic Barcelona

Manchester United and Chelsea both had bids accepted over the transfer window for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to reports.

Reports in the Spanish press claim the Premier League pair both had their offers accepted – believed to be £30million – by the Spanish champions, but saw their efforts to sign him fail after the Croatian midfielder opted to stay in Catalonia.

Mundo Deportivo claim both Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho identified the former Sevilla star as a possible summer addition, with United instead signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chelsea opting to keep Oscar, who had been linked with a move to Italy.

The report claims Juventus were also keen on a move for the player, but again, the 28-year-old opted against a move away from the Nou Camp.

A cryptic message from Rakitic’s agent back in July, in which he posted on Twitter, “it’s time to go” had led some to believe that the midfielder was ready to try his luck in England.

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