Premier League Transfer News: Chelsea rejected three offers from three clubs for star player, Real Madrid signing Ronaldo replacement could hurt Barcelona and more - January 30, 2019
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#5 Rakitic to Chelsea
Ivan Rakitic’s name has been linked with Chelsea for a couple days now but it seems as though the Catalans want to sell him rather than Chelsea really wanting him, at least that is what Guillem Balague claims.
The Spanish journalist revealed that Barca have a problem with their ever-increasing wage bill and that they still want to bring Adrien Rabiot, which is why they will have to sell some players.
"The problem with Barcelona is they are increasing the wage list, having decreased it of course," he said.
"But with the signing of De Jong, they’re trying to get (Adrien) Rabiot, they may have to get rid of some players.”
He then added that De Jong was actually informed that two regular players shall be sold and one of them is Rakitic.
"In fact, De Jong was told by him coming in meant that two regulars were going to go.
"One of them could be Rakitic, that’s what Barcelona is trying - to get rid of Rakitic.”
However, it would be difficult to let go of the player as according to Balague, the Croat is happy at Barcelona and his name being linked to Chelsea has more to do with the Blaugrana wanting him out.
"But Rakitic will tell you he’s 31, he’s absolutely happy at Barcelona.
"To go somewhere else will have to be something absolutely amazing, there’s nothing like that on the table.
"The cover of Sport had Rakitic linked to Chelsea but right now no offer of any kind because it’s more like Barcelona wanted to push out."