Rakitic Agent has huge transfer message for Chelsea boss Sarri in Barcelona chase

Barcelona midfielder and Chelsea target Ivan Rakitic is set to stay at the Camp Nou beyond this season, according the the agent of the midfielder.

Despite the fact Maurizio Sarri lost Cesc Fabregas in the transfer window, Chelsea were not been able to find an adequate replacement to come in and fill the void of the Spaniard until the end of the season.

The Blues were working on possible deals for Cagliari star Nicolo Barella and now PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, but they were unsuccessful in trying to wrap up deals with Paredes completing his move to PSG and Barella keen to stay put until the summer.

That led to speculation that Sarri could make a move for Rakitic, but Barcelona were not willing to let the midfielder leave half-way through the season and reports suggested they would not be willing to do any business until the summer transfer window

Now, Rakitic’s representative, Arturo Canales, has gone on the record to confirm his client will remain at Barca and likely see out his contract, which runs until June 2021.

He told the TMW website: “It is an impossible scenario to see Ivan leaving Spain in the summer.”

Rakitic recently admitted he wanted to stay and fight for his Barcelona career, stating: ‘If I am here [at Barcelona], it’s to play.

‘If anything has to change, we will speak. I have a lot of confidence. I know what I can give. I know who I am.

‘I want to be here and, if I can renew, to be here for even more years. I am really happy here, everyone knows it, above all the ‘Presi’ [president]. I have nothing else to say.’

Here is what we think.

If reports are true and Chelsea are lining up a move for Rakitic then he would be a world class addition to the midfield, as he is consdered to be one of the best in the business right now.

However, he is coming to that stage of his career in which he will be hanging up his top-level boots and making a move to China or the MLS if he does decide to leave Barcelona in the coming windows, so it would be a massive surprise to see him make a move to the Premier League.

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